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The Chromatic Scale
The only scale in music with ALL twelve notes of one octave. Not much use for improvisation or solos – but a great scale for learning the notes of the ukulele fingerboard, figuring out scales, chords and more...
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The Chromatic Scale
Music uses the first seven letters of the alphabet to name the notes and chords used in music. The letters are: A B C D E F G. The Chromatic scale is all 12 pitches or notes of music within one octave. An octave is the distance from one letter to next same letter in a scale or chord. A to A’ within the below scale is one octave.
One of the easiest instruments to visualize these seven letters and the notes they correspond to is the piano. The natural notes A B C D E F G A` are the white keys of the piano.
The Chromatic Scale with Natural Note Names, Sharp, and Flat note name The next key, white or black to the right is higher and sharp. The previous key, white or black to the left is lower and flat.
The notes/keys with multiple notes names are called Enharmonic Equivalents . Every letter, A B C D E F G can actually have five designations.
Double Flat, Lowers a note two semitones or one whole step.
Flat, Lowers a note one semitone or one step.
Natural, Cancels a previous double flat, flat, sharp or double sharp. Return a note to it's nature note or letter (A B C E F or G).
Sharp, Raises a note one semitones or one step.
Double Sharp Raises a note two semitones or one whole step.
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What is the different between a Scale and a Mode? • Updated: Apr 6, 2020
The term scale and mode are used interchangeably, and in a strict theory sense, there is a big difference between a scale and a mode or modal scale. They are NOT the same, even if they are the same notes. A scale and mode can contain the same notes.
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