• Major Scales Workshop #2

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    Let’s get to today’s lesson…

    I’ve already taught you the basics. Let’s just quickly finish up the major scales so that we can learn the chords tomorrow!

    If you need a reminder on forming scales, pull out yesterday’s e-mail lesson…

    Here are the remaining major scales to learn:

    B Major
    Db Major
    Eb Major
    Gb Major
    Ab Major
    Bb Major

    Using the same formula as yesterday, create the following major scales:

    B major:

    1) Starting note = ______
    2) 1 whole step up = ______
    3) 1 whole step up = ______
    4) 1 half step up = _____
    5) 1 whole step up = ______
    6) 1 whole step up = ______
    7) 1 whole step up = ______
    8) 1 half step up = ______

    Db major:

    1) Starting note = ______
    2) 1 whole step up = ______
    3) 1 whole step up = ______
    4) 1 half step up = _____
    5) 1 whole step up = ______
    6) 1 whole step up = ______
    7) 1 whole step up = ______
    8) 1 half step up = ______

    Eb major:

    1) Starting note = ______
    2) 1 whole step up = ______
    3) 1 whole step up = ______
    4) 1 half step up = _____
    5) 1 whole step up = ______
    6) 1 whole step up = ______
    7) 1 whole step up = ______
    8) 1 half step up = ______

    Gb major:

    1) Starting note = ______
    2) 1 whole step up = ______
    3) 1 whole step up = ______
    4) 1 half step up = _____
    5) 1 whole step up = ______
    6) 1 whole step up = ______
    7) 1 whole step up = ______
    8) 1 half step up = ______

    Ab major:

    1) Starting note = ______
    2) 1 whole step up = ______
    3) 1 whole step up = ______
    4) 1 half step up = _____
    5) 1 whole step up = ______
    6) 1 whole step up = ______
    7) 1 whole step up = ______
    8) 1 half step up = ______

    Bb major:

    1) Starting note = ______
    2) 1 whole step up = ______
    3) 1 whole step up = ______
    4) 1 half step up = _____
    5) 1 whole step up = ______
    6) 1 whole step up = ______
    7) 1 whole step up = ______
    8) 1 half step up = ______

    Now that you have completed the worksheet above, check your major scale answers with the answers below:

    B Major

    B – C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A# – B

    Db Major

    Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb – C – Db

    Eb Major

    Eb – F – G – Ab – Bb – C – D – Eb

    F# Major

    F# – G# – A# – B – C# – D# – F (but technically “E#”) – F#

    Note: With the F# major scale, technically the “F” would be referred to as “E#” (even though “E” does not have a black key in front of it). But since we are not reading music, I will keep it simple.

    Ab Major

    Ab – Bb – C – Db – Eb – F – G – Ab

    Bb Major

    Bb – C – D – Eb – F – G – A – Bb

    Congratulations on learning all 12 major scales. Join me tomorrow to learn the major chords!

    Good job!

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    { 40 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 nana yaw

    jus wanna thnk u for all tht u r doin 4 ppl like ma self who wud neva get their hands on such detaild info 4 free. i hav 1 request tho; cud u pls organise all da posts frm day 1 n mke it availabl. this will mke it
    possible 4 the liks of me who dnt get access to da net often to also keep up

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    2 Sharenda Thomas

    Hello Jermaine!..I am really enjoying this worshop…I was wondering about the Answers to F# I don’t see the fill in the blanks for that one..

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    3 Jermaine

    @Nena: Visit this link http://www.hearandplay.com/main/index.php/archives/ to see every post I’ve ever done.

    Thanks,
    JG

    P.S. – Thanks for your warm comments!

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    4 Cedric King

    My previous Email address was CICK@mountaincable.net . It5 has been changed to KCC@mountaincable.net

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    5 fenell

    thank keep up the good work

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    6 Bryan

    Hi
    I am struggling a little with this lesson and it is in the C sharp or D flat major starting note. Please correct me if I am wrong, as I see it the note has two functions, either a sharp or a flat, for the purpose of this exercise how should I know how to treat it, either as a sharp or a flat? because each one would produce different answers.

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    7 Jermaine

    @Bryan: I have made some clarifications above. You’ll want to use the flats as they are more common in “major scales.” You’ll find when learning the minor scales, however, that the sharps take over.

    The circle of fifths give you the “major keys” that are more common. Search for “circle of fifths” in our search box above and refer to that chart. You will notice flats usually (for the major keys). F# or Gb… you can use either. It’s like the midpoint.

    I hope this helps,
    JG

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    8 Bryan

    Hi Jermaine,

    Thank you. I was happy with the Major Scales, its the sharps and flats that have confused me, I’ll sort it.

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    9 Jermaine

    @Bryan: Let me know specifically what is confusing you and I’ll try to clarify for you

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    10 Tyree

    This Was Great. Now i Know How To Play all The Major Scales

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    11 Cassandra

    When do I use the flat- and sharp- expression?

    You wrote:

    Db Major
    Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb – C – Db

    Is..
    C# Major
    C# – D# – F – F# – G# – A# – C – C# …the same? What’s deciding C# to be Db?

    Thank you in advance!

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    12 Virginia

    Those notes are known as “accidentals”. They are the same, but different notes.

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    13 Kela

    I just want to say thank you jermaine.

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    14 Alex

    This course is the Best Free Course on the internet. Genuine and I am trying to learn as much as i can. Thanks Jermain

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    15 Alex

    I really would like some special help in beimg able to play Praise and worship music I love this could someone help me on this . Thanks

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    16 patrick ashu

    Hi, good lessons u guys r provideing on this site.
    i have 1 question: why is it that in this course (major scales workshop 2), the sharp keys are used when dealing with B major and Gb major scales respectively.
    i thought the flat keys would be preferable here.
    Nonetheless, thanks for the free lessons.

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    17 Sierra Womack

    thanks, all I can say :)

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    18 Jane

    You’re are the best! Thanks!!!!

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    19 Ashton

    Thanks to you I have learned the rest of the Major scales, other the the C,D,E,F,G,A,B: MAJOR SCALES.
    Question though the E# or as i have learned the F# Major scales: is it the same for the G flat scale? or theres not such a scale? the reason I ask you, haven’t shown a scale for G flat

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    20 Victor Werekoh

    Although it feels like i have just completed the major scale workshop1$2 with much comfort this time, urban and comtemporary worship is killing me softly. I still don’t know how i can play the “Kirk Franklin’s”, the “Marvin Sapp’s”, the “Ron Kenoly’s”, the “Bishop M’s” and all the famous gospel hits tormenting my spirit. Perhaps educating me with some of your inspiring minor scale lessons too can enable me break through the chains once and for all. Is that right? Thanks for your God gifted vision. Forever live HearandPlay Founder, Mr. JGriggs. Merry X’mas to you and your lovely family and staff members. Thanks again and again.

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    21 sesan

    u guy r u doin a gud job

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    22 EDY

    This is really amazing. Thank you

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    23 Tony Anderson

    Thak you for shoeing me the basic for playing the major scale.you make it so easy

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    24 Tony Anderson

    I can’t wait for my next lesson

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    25 Wolfman3533

    Great read on scales. Really appreciate what you bring to the table. If you are looking for another resource for the major scale and relative minor scale give this a read.

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    26 Kilaash

    Greetings Mr. Griggs, I did not read all the comments but I take it that since the error is still there, no one told you about it. First of all, I would like to thank you for all that you’re doing. Keep up the good deed!

    “F Major

    F# – G# – A# – B – C# – D# – F (but technically “E#”) – F#”

    F Major Scale has one flat(Bb). That is the answer key for Gb(F#)Major Scale, not F.
    Thanks again. God bless, and be well.

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    27 Jermaine

    Thank Kilaash, corrected.

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    28 ASHTON

    thank you jermaine for all you are doing at this site for us may God bless you and please continue with your teaching.

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    29 Chukwuma Thomas Okoro

    God bless u for your great work, your concept is wonderfuland easy to understand.

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    30 marquita

    Thank you so much for your hard work it’s not in vain. Keep up the good work. Again Thank you.

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    31 Jackson

    All thanks goes to you Mr J.Griggs I really found the whole and half steps lesson very useful. Once again THANKS. Keep up the good work

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    32 Virginia

    No matter how hard I try, I just can’t figure out the Circle of Fifths. Not because Jermaine has not made it clear, but I am having a big, big problem getting it to make sense to me. I have not had that aha! moment yet. But, I am sure it will come. Jermaine, you are awesome.

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    33 Jermaine Griggs

    Hey Virginia, thanks for the comment!

    A few things that will help:

    1) Do you have all major scales mastered as numbers? And specifically the 4th tone of every scale?

    2) If so, you should be able to say to yourself… “C… what’s the 4th? F … ok, what’s the 4th, Bb…. ok what’s the 4th… Eb” and so on.

    3) I made flash cards to help you with this. Download them at http://www.hearandplay.com/numbers

    All the best,
    JG

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    34 Tata

    Thank you sooooo much! I was having a bad time trying to remember this and you made it so easy! WoW!

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    Thank you for all the great lessons. May God bless you for your giving.
    Love and peace always. Kindkincaid.

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    39 Oyoh Edmond

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