Major Scales... Scales

Major Scales

Now we do scales, starting with the Major Scale!

Memorize this:

1 - 1 - 1/2 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1/2

"One, one, one-half. One, one, one, one-half"

Say this everyday when you wake up and every night before you go to sleep.

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piano keyboard

Memorize this: "Two keys adjacent to each other are ONE-HALF STEP apart.
Two keys that have a key between them are ONE-WHOLE STEP apart."

As you can see on the piano keyboard, the natural HALF-STEPs occur between
B-C and E-F.

There is ONE-WHOLE STEP between
each of the other white keys.

The BLACK KEYS between the white keys are known as either
a "Sharp" or "Flat" in reference to
the note name of the white key next to it.

Example: The black key between C and D can be called either
"C#" (C sharp) or "Db" (D flat).
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Major Scales

When you construct a MAJOR SCALE
built on any note (the "KEY")
follow the
"1 - 1 - 1/2 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1/2 rule"
to determine what notes are in that scale.

Exercise: Construct a G Major Scale:
There! A "G Major" Scale!
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Major Scales