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The Major Scale

The most important scale in ALL of music.

PUBLISHED: Feb 1, 2013 UPDATED: Apr 2, 2021 • 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 your chords, the major scale is the scale used.

There are 15 Major scales/keys: 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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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.

The Chromatic Scale • Updated: Nov 26, 2018

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Whole Steps and Half Steps Explained • Updated: Jun 7, 2019

The distance between any two notes can be defined by steps - half steps, whole steps, semi-tones, whole tones. From this series of steps you can get the names of the notes of ANY of the fifteen major scales.

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.

Navigating the C Major Scale • Updated: Feb 4, 2019

The C Major Scale is typically the first Full Diatonic major scale that most players learn. It’s the first scale to learn when stating to explore music theory - the principles of music.

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Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution
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QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, C Tuning - Ionian Scale
Updated: Jul 30, 2019

The Ionian scale is a major scale more commonly known by its traditional name - Major and one of six essential scales for ALL ukulele players. One octave scale fingering solutions for strings four and three and any finger with the Mixolydian scale chords are covered in all keys. Sample chord progressions for practice are included. Tunings: C with low or high G - (GCEA or gCEA). This book includes access to four studio recorded backing tracks for exploring the scale and improvisation in a variety of settings. Tracks are also great for practicing your chords against.

QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, Volume I, C Tuning
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Learn to create exciting solos in a variety of contemporary styles! Scales are used to improvise, create melodies and riffs. With a broad knowledge of the essential scales that are used in contemporary music and a mastery of the ukulele's fingerboard and fingering principles you're well on your way.

QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, Volume I, D Tuning
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This book is out of print and has been replaced by the individual scale books covering each scale with additional information.

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