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The Major Scale

The most important scale in ALL of music.

PUBLISHED: Feb 1, 2013 UPDATED: Feb 11, 2016 • VIEWS: 9 • LESSON CODE: ML-basic-11

Instruments: music ANY harmonica ukulele guitar Subjects: beginnertheoryscales

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The Major Scale

Called the learning scale for a reason. The major scale is a great scale for learning how music and chords work. It’s a core scale from which a majority of your core, essential scales can be derived.

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For learning the names of the chord tones of all you chords, the major scale is the scale used.

There are 15 Major scales: C, G, D, A, E, B, F#, C#, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb. Yes fifteen (15) NOT just the twelve - the three enharmonic equivalent scales: B/Cb, C#/Db, F#,Gb although not common keys they are essential scales and need to be mastered.

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Understanding Diatonic Intervals • Updated: Dec 9, 2011

An interval is the distance between two notes. An interval has a name and a type. Intervals can be played one note (melodic) or two notes (harmonic) at a time, ascending or descending.

Simple and Compound Intervals are taken from a major scale.

Chromatic Intervals are NOT taken from a major scale. They are derived from the diatonic intervals.

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