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Is there a scale called the relative minor scale?

Is there a scale called relative minor? No, not in the sense of scales called major, minor, chromatic, dorian, etc. Those terms are the names of the scales, and they provide a name to associate with ...
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In guitar, do consecutive frets on the same string play notes from the same octave?

Yes, you can play C major scale the way you show, and there is nothing wrong with it. Actually there is some benefit, as notes on different strings sound slightly differently (e.g. compare sound of D ...
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What is the relative major of a minor?

It's just the opposite way! If A minor is the relative minor of C major, then surely C major is the relative major of A minor? To arrive at the relative minor, we look to the ^6 note as root of ...
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Six string bass and Guitar Technique

Guitars and basses are related. A standard 4 string bass is tuned the same way as the lowest 4 strings on a guitar, EADG but one octave lower. If you ignore the two highest strings on the guitar then ...
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How to construct chords in exotic scales?

This is a practical question that is restricted by some definitions, like "what is a scale" and "what is a chord." Part of the problem is that many of the modes listed on that page ...
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Is there a scale called the relative minor scale?

No, 'Relative minor' is not a type of scale any more that 'Next Door' is a type of house. So you would never 'Play the A relative minor scale'. You might 'play the relative minor scale of C major' ...
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With modes, is 'tonic' still the appropriate term for naming the first note of the scale?

Tim's answer is right on, but I wanted to mention one historical issue depending on what genre you mean: In pre-tonal (that is, modal) music of around the seventeenth century, the term in use would ...
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Is the melodic minor a key as well as a scale?

Viewpoint #1: melodic minor is a scale, not a key More specifically, it's a scale constructed as an abstraction of how composers use minor keys in actual practice. Many composers used the raised sixth ...
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Do People and/or Robots Speak on Pitch and in Harmony with themselves?

There are some facts in this question, but they get tangled in some misunderstandings and assumptions. Let's see if we can sort them out: All sound has frequency—you can measure how far apart the ...
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With modes, is 'tonic' still the appropriate term for naming the first note of the scale?

In any major key, the tonic is the 'base note' - 'home', giving the note's name to the key. That also works for minor keys - the tonic of key F minor is, of course, F. A sort of datum point from which ...
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What's the best technique for C major scale?

A raw scale or mode by itself does not have enough variety to work as a solo. Scales and modes should be thought of as the raw material to build melodies, solos, and chord progressions. What you ...
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Six string bass and Guitar Technique

While guitar and bass may look similar, they certainly don't do similar jobs. Guitars are built for chords, amongst other things, whereas it's unusual to play chords on bass - the notes are too low, ...
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Why does Tritone sound good in Lydian scale?

There are four reasons: In major, both notes of the tritone are dissonant against the root, but in lydian, only one note of the tritone is dissonant against the root. The other note, being the root ...
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Historical origin of the raised sixth scale degree in minor

First, it may help to consider how a composer like Monteverdi understood mode. Many modern theory textbooks treat modes as an ossified collection of pitches; a mode has its seven pitches, and that's ...
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In guitar, do consecutive frets on the same string play notes from the same octave?

I’m going to add some useful information about the guitar to the capable answers already provided. One of the characteristics of the guitar is that with the exception of the lowest 5 notes on the low ...
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What is the relative major of a minor?

Although you have already accepted an answer I think a more detailed explanation is necessary so you truly understand how this works. First, in order to understand relative majors and minors you need ...
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Playing Am pentatonic scale over A blues chord progression

There are a variety of scales that can be used in blues improvisation, depending somewhat on the specific style involved. However, using a A minor pentatonic over an A blues is the most basic. It's a ...
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Could one make a piano with all notes placed on narrow white keys?

What you describe has (almost) been done, in keyboard rather than piano form at least - the Dodeka_keyboard: The keys corresponding to C, E and A flat are highlighted to provide a visual reference as ...
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Correct Numbering for Scale Degrees

It's a convention that is most often used in circumstances where Arabic numerals can have multiple meanings. For example, imagine writing a paper that discusses scale degrees, finger numbers, and ...
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Harmonic analysis: Bm7b5 E7 Fmaj7

Something unnecessarily and un-helpfully complicated! Analyse it in relation to the tonal centres it DOES visit. Bm7♭5, E7 are standard approach chords to A minor. But instead of the expected ...
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Scale with major, minor, diminshed and augmented chords in it

The harmonic minor scale has all four. Major chords built on 5 and b6 Minor chords built on 1 and 4 Diminished chords built on 2 and 7 Augmented chord built on b3 The melodic minor ascending scale. ...
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Playing Am pentatonic scale over A blues chord progression

It's common to use the minor pent. over a Blues, and most Blues will use major, or more likely dominant seventh chords throughout. Major pent. will work, but won't sound too bluesy. It'll sound fine ...
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Six string bass and Guitar Technique

The six string bass is not tuned like a guitar (E-A-D-G-B-E) but rather extends the bass scordatura (E-A-D-G) by a fourth above and below (B-E-A-D-G-C) (although I like to have the lowest string on C)....
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Chords for rumba don't fit in any scale

Start by spelling those chords as: Fm, B♭m, E♭, C Now look at all the note from these chords: F, A♭, C; B♭, D♭, F; E♭, G, B♭; C, E, G In order, these are the set: F, G, A♭, B♭, C, D♭, E♭, E♮, F This ...
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Is the melodic minor a key as well as a scale?

In these days when a piece is as likely to be in a mode as in a key, terminology sometimes gets a bit loose! But you're right, C minor is a key, C melodic minor, C harmonic minor and C Natural minor (...
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Does this chord fit D minor?

Consider that a lot of pieces modulate between parallel keys. So being in D minor at one point becomes being in D major at another. Your G♭m (probably better called F♯m) is from key D major, rather ...
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With modes, is 'tonic' still the appropriate term for naming the first note of the scale?

In old music it was not the first note but the final note - FINALIS like Richard says - to identify the TONE in which a melody was sung or written. The following quote is a google translation of this ...
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What's the best technique for C major scale?

Being able to play scales, and identify the key of a song and then play the appropriate scale over it, is one aspect of starting to create melodies and maybe write songs or improvise over existing ...
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How to read movable scale chart for A minor pentatonic?

You are correct to play the first shape on 5th fret for A Minor Pentatonic Your questions: You will not know the frets until you know what key you are playing in. For the minor pentatonic, the first ...
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Any tips on making pentatonic climbing more fluid (electric guitar)

I assume you are talking about the basic 2 notes per string pentatonic positions but just about anything you do on guitar is dependent on good coordination between BOTH hands. Of course you must have ...

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