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Thread: Campanella Scales in all Twelve Keys!

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    Default Campanella Scales in all Twelve Keys!

    I am pleased to offer these campanella scales inspired by the memory of John King. I never had a chance to meet him. However, as a fellow classical guitarist turned uker, his work has been central to how I view the instrument.

    My work on these scales began just a few days ago while my wife was busy cooking the Thanksgiving turkey. I was looking at some “campanella” scales from I book I bought from Amazon and I was deeply disappointed that they included so many notes on the same string, and especially how they jumped octaves at random points. As soon as I began reworking the C scale I felt compelled to finish all twelve keys.

    I usually play tenor, but I have some students who have soprano ukuleles and I wanted these to be accessible to all. Yet, I found that when playing the keys of Ab, A, Bb, and B there were much better ways to play them if only the player had access to notes above the twelfth fret. Even the key of G felt like a compromise. By this I mean that the versions of the scale keeping everything below the twelfth fret rely heavily on artificial harmonics in order to play the notes out of reach and still be in keeping with the campanella technique. Even the curse of repeating notes on strings was necessary for the keys of Ab, and A.

    These problems initially caused me create two sets of fingering for those scales (Ab, A, Bb, and B). One for the tenor neck crowd, and is one for the little guys. However, it seemed too much of a stretch to get all those high notes out of a soprano uke and in the end I've chosen just to arrange these for the big boys. I have played through all of them many times and I’ve checked the different fingerings for each instrument. I own some nice Hawaiian koa ukes, but I like to play this kind on stuff on my Pono MPTSH for that Baroque sound. My only concert is an Oscar Schmitt OU5 and I have a cheapy no-name soprano, but these scales can be done on both. I’m not saying they’re easy, but I bet Mr. King wouldn’t have any trouble with them on his concert stradelele.

    I would love any feedback you have on the way I put these together. No matter is too small for I already tend to obsess about the little things. Feel free to distribute the scales to whomever, but please leave my copyright on there in case I decide to bet my retirement on the proceeds. I plan on recording these scales at different speeds and posting them in future so watch for those. Also, be on the lookout for the minor versions of these. I intend to work them out like Segovia’s melodic minor versions that revert to natural minor on the way down in the classical tradition.

    Thanks for your interest,

    Kiel Schweizer

    Campanella Major and Minor Scales.jpgCampanella Major and Minor Scales2.jpgCampanella Major and Minor Scales3.jpg
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/r5ip05obyn...r%20Scales.pdf

    *EDIT* I've now updated the download link because the file host I was using shut down, but I've done away with the soprano versions because they just seemed too difficult. I can only attach five pictures per post so look to my later post if you want to look at the minor scales without downloading them.
    Last edited by kiel9; 12-09-2013 at 10:13 AM. Reason: updating link to include minor and exclude soprano versions

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    Wow, thanks! This is exactly what I need!
    Kathryn

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    Good stuff, thanks a bunch!
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    Hi,

    Thanks for this. I am having trouble downloading this. COuld you post the pdf directly?

    thanks
    Madhava

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    Thanks for sharing them, not quite sure how they work but I'm going to try and play them and see what I can come up with.
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    Very much appreciated, thank you!

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    I just updated the link to a direct download so it should be easier to get. I have also made a lot of revisions since I originally posted it so it might be worth printing a new copy.

    The best advice I can come up with for what to do with these is to tackle them one at a time and concentrate on holding down each note as long as possible so you get the effect of them ringing like bells into one another. It is also important to be able to play them with repeats. I have tried to take special care to connect the end of each scale with it's beginning because that is often the weak link for performing any scale.

    I have arranged them in the order of the circle of 5th's and -in general- the ones in the middle are the hardest. However, my favorite one is the key of E Major (top of page 2). That one seems to really flow and might be a good place to start.

    They are challenging to say the least, and are probably best suited for an intermediate/advanced player. Beginners would have better luck sticking with open position scales before moving onto campanella studies.

    Good Luck and thanks for the responses. I'd be thrilled to hear of progress anyone makes with these.
    Last edited by kiel9; 12-21-2012 at 07:00 AM.

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    Thanks Kiel, great work.
    All the best,
    Campbell

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    wonderful stuff - thanks very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiel9 View Post
    I just updated the link.
    Thanks for the extra info, makes more sense to me now. Merry Christmas to you.
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