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A more in depth look at scales and how they are made up.

Andrew Patton

on 17 October 2012

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A more in depth look at scales Scales The Circle of Fifths has already given us a lot of information to work with. We already know a little bit about scales What do we call the individual notes? Why are they called that? Why are they written in that specific manner? But we don't know about what really makes up a scale. A Scale Degree is a symbol or number given to the notes within a scale. Lets begin with Scale Degrees Note that this scale is in the key of C because it has no sharps or flats. The pattern is the same for any scale no matter the amount of sharps or flats. Each Scale Degree has its own name There are two scale forms which are more prominent than others. The different Scales Minor Scales naturally sound more depressing and sad when compared to the upbeat, more melodic sound of a Major Scale. The sound of a Minor Scale Three of each should suffice. Take a moment to write out a few Major and Minor scales that you pick out from the Circle of Fifths. So how about those Cardinals? Nothing to really add here.... Whoa The hero of this presentation? We know that a key signature exists for every scale. We know that every note in the musical alphabet has a scale. There are more than just one kind of scale also. There are also other names for notes in scale degrees This is called Sol Fege This is a method used very often by vocal performers The first of which is the Major Scale. This pattern is the format for major scales. The second is the Minor Scale Note that a Major Scales Natural Minor counterpart is the 6th note of that particular Major Scale. Every note in the music alphabet has a minor scale. Every Scale has a corresponding Natural Minor Scale. Every note in the musical Alphabet has a Minor Scale. Dead End Key Signatures Every Natural Minor Scale uses the key signature from its Major Scale counterpart. Note how the spacing of notes going up the scale is different from a Major Scale.
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