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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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Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths and Fourths • Updated: Nov 18, 2019
There is a load of information in traditional Key Signatures. Unlocking the principles in this circle leads to a better understanding of music and how things work.
A key signature is a series of sharp or flat symbols placed on the staff, designating the notes that are to be consistently played higher or lower than the equivalent natural notes. Key signatures are generally written immediately after the clef at the beginning of a line of musical notation. Each major and minor key has an associated key signature that sharpens or flattens the notes which are used in its scale.
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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