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Now it is time to see how these boxes goes together. I have presented all the boxes in the keys E and A. The boxes are overlapping, and it is not too easy to identify each box. I have tried to color-code the boxes. I hope you see that dots with two colors belong to more than one box. There is actually one dot that is being used in three different positions. I have tried to mark that by making the interior blue and green, while the border is orange. Maybe it helps, maybe it only adds to the confusion ....

To make it a little bit easier, I have isolated each box-position besides the 15 frets diagram.

The first set of diagrams is for the key of E

Box 1 Open Box 2 Box 3
Box 4 Box 5 Box 1

Then we apply the same boxes to the key of A

 
Box 4 Open Box 5 Box 1
Box 2 Box 3 Box 4

I have not put in any of the blue notes. But you should by now be able to put them into the boxes. If not, review lesson 19 and lesson 21. Practise these boxes until you can play them on "auto pilot" while having a conversation. When you have learned these five box positions, then you can play the minor pentatonic and the blues scale in all 12 keys. It might take some effort to get there, but when it is done, the world opens up. For a Norwegian, it is tempting to use cross country skiing as a metaphor for the learning curve. You have to go up hill for some time to get to the mountain plateau. But when you are there, you can go skiing for hours at a nice and comfortable pace.

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