• Introducing “The Major Scale Revival Program” [4 Benefits Of The Major Scale In 4 Weeks]

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    Yes! It’s the major scale revival program and we are going to be exploring the major scale for the next four weeks.

    I’m aware that a lot of people might not want to participate in this program because they think they are above the major scale and there are tons of other serious things to learn like chords, progressions, improvisation, and other stylization techniques over a wide range of music genres.

    Don’t get me wrong! While there are other important things to learn and heighten your skills with, you also need to deepen your foundation and scales are the foundation of a lot of other things you may want to learn and that’s why there’s need for this revival.

    According to Jermaine Griggs, “notes form scales, scales form intervals, intervals form chords, chords form progressions, and progressions form songs” and that means that scales form virtually everything from intervals, to chords, to progressions, and songs.

    So, while it’s good to heighten your skills, scales are equally important when it comes to the understanding of every other thing you can think of in music. I bet you 17 nickels on that.

    Alright! Spare me a minute or two so I can tell you about the major scale revival program, before outlining its benefits.

    An Overview Of The Major Scale Revival Program

    Before telling you about the major scale revival program, it is important for us to talk about the major scale; just to refresh our minds on it.

    A Short Note On The Major Scale

    Playing all the notes in the major key and in a step-wise order (by starting and ending on the first tone of the scale) produces the major scale.

    All the notes in the key of C major can be played in a step-wise order, starting from C:

    …until another C is reach (an octave above the C we started from):

    …and that’s the C major scale:

    …comprising of all the white notes from C to C:

    …and skipping nothing in-between.

    “Check Out All The Major Scales On The Keyboard…”

    The C major scale:

    The Db major scale:

    The D major scale:

    The Eb major scale:

    The E major scale:

    The F major scale:

    The Gb major scale:

    The G major scale:

    The Ab major scale:

    The A major scale:

    The Bb major scale:

    The B major scale:

    “So, What Is The Major Scale Revival Program All About?”

    The major scale revival program is a 4 week online program on the best and longest standing internet music site, HearandPlay.com and the goal of the major scale revival program is as follows:

    1. To help beginners learn the major scale in all twelve major keys; especially those who learned just the C major scale, and a couple more major scales and got stuck.
    2. To turn the focus of contemporary musicians back to the major scale (which is the bedrock of the major key and every other music idea ranging from intervals, to chords, to progressions, and songs.)
    3. To enlighten intermediate and advanced musicians on the benefits of the major scale; which goes beyond using it to master the basics.
    4. To provide musicians who are interested in playing in all twelve keys with the information and encouragement to get started with.
    5. To bring the major scale back to the center stage after being relegated for a long time.

    In addition to the goals I’ve outlined are the benefits of the major scale revival program and I’ll be sharing them with you right away in the next segment.

    4 Benefits Of The Major Scale In 4 Weeks

    You’re probably wondering how you’ll benefit from this revival program and that’s what I’ll be outlining for you in this segment.

    Although the benefits of this program are too numerous to mention, there are four key concepts we’re focusing on that are directly associated with scales and if you stick to this program for the next four weeks, I guarantee that you’ll learn a lot from them.

    So, here’s an overview of the benefits of learning and mastering the major scale.

    Benefit #1“A Warm up Mechanism For Technique Development”

    Benefit #2“Learning And Mastery Of The Number System”

    Benefit #3“Composition And Improvisation Of Tons Of Melodies And Melodic Lines”

    Benefit #4“Formation And determination Of Chords And Harmonic Structures”

    Attention: A short review and link would be added weekly until the program is done.

    Final Words

    Don’t miss this program for anything!

    For Beginners. Schedule out some time to practice the major scale daily. If you play the each major scale for 5 minutes, you’ll cover all the major scales on the keyboard in one hour and that would get you on the road to the mastery of the major scale.

    I’ll see you next week when we’ll be looking at the warm up mechanism for technique development.

    All the best!

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    Onyemachi "Onye" Chuku (aka - "Dr. Pokey") is a Nigerian musicologist, pianist, and author. Inspired by his role model (Jermaine Griggs) who has become his mentor, what he started off as teaching musicians in his Aba-Nigeria neighborhood in April 2005 eventually morphed into an international career that has helped hundreds of thousands of musicians all around the world. Onye lives in Dubai and is currently the Head of Education at HearandPlay Music Group and the music consultant of the Gospel Music Training Center, all in California, USA.

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