Finding your way around the guitar can be confusing. There are a lot of different notes and sorting them into patterns that make sense can feel daunting. To help cut through the fog we're going to take a look at scale degrees and the number system. The basic concept is pretty simple. A major scale (think the white keys on the piano starting at C or do, rey, mi, fa, so, la. ti, do) can be counted out as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. Each note in the scale, or scale degree, has it's own color relative to the tonic (aka 1, or "Do"). If this seems confusing to read about I think it will make perfect sense when you hear it. Having a basic grip on scale degrees will not only make picking out and learning melodies much easier, but it will lay the framework for understanding how and why chords are built.
We'll also take a look at the melody of White Dove and how to decode it using scale degrees.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Learning by Ear
Loop 1:04 Scale Degress
Loop 4:25 Noticing the Color of Each Note
Loop 6:22 Chord Numbering
Loop 11:32 White Dove Melody with Scale Degrees
Loop 14:13 White Dove Melody Example - Capo on 3rd Fret
Loop 16:21 The Importance of Learning by Ear