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Welcome to music theory lesson #1!


Here is an overview of what we will cover in the next 10 days:

Day 1: Major Scales
Day 2: Minor Scales / Blues Scale
Day 3: Whole Steps, Half Steps & Intervals
Day 4: Major Chords & Minor Chords
Day 5: Chord Inversions
Day 6: Seventh Chords
Day 7: Blues Chord Progression
Day 8: Scales & Chords
Day 9: Ear-Training
Day 10: Playing in every key


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Lesson 1: Major Scales
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If someone asked you, "what is a scale?" ... would you be able to answer them?

Scales are important. They are the basis of melodies and chords. Without knowing your scales, you are a car mechanic without his tools.

What are scales? A good way to define a scale is to list the following characteristics:

-A scale is an organized series of pitches
-A scale utilizes accidentals, when necessary
-A scale consist of a series of notes that differ in sound
-A scale is linked to the concept of "Keys" in that a song which utilizes a given scale is said to be in that key (For example: "Mary had a little lamb in C major").

In our 300-pg course, we teach the following principle:

A major scale has 8 tones. The (C major scale) is: C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C. In other words, the (C major scale) consists of all the white keys in between to the "C" notes.
 

It is very important that you remember this poem:

"Half steps are from key to key with NO keys in between,
Whole steps always skip a key with ONE key in between."

(H) Half Step: key to key (for example, C to C# is a half step because there are no skipped notes)

(W) Whole step: every other key (for example C to D because C# is skipped ---- or F to G because F# is skipped).


The major scale is built using the following pattern:

W-W-H-W-W-W-H

For example, in C major:

C to D is a whole step (w).
D to E is a whole step (w).

However, E to F is a half step (h).

F to G is a whole step (w).
G to A is a whole step (w).
A to B is a whole step (w) and ...

B to C is a half step (h).

With this principle, you should be able to learn your major scales in all 12 keys! Just start with the first note and build on top of it.

C = C + D + E + F + G + A + B + C

You try the rest ...

C# = __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __
D = __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __
Eb = __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __
E = __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __
F = __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __
F# = __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __
G = __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __
Ab = __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __
A = __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __
Bb = __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __
B = __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __ + __


Thank you for your time!

Jermaine
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Lesson One was taken from our 300-pg workbook, "The Secrets to Playing Piano by Ear!" The technique taught here is just one of several different techniques taught in our 300-pg course.

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More Music Theory Piano Lessons

Major Scales Music Theory
Minor Scales / Blues Scale Theory
Whole Steps, Half Steps & Intervals
Major Chords & Minor Chords
Piano Chord Inversions
Piano Seventh Chords
Blues Piano Chord Progression
Piano Scales & Piano Chords
Piano and Keyboard Ear-Training
Playing in Every Major Piano Key
Common Musician Questions P1
Common Musician Questions P2
"4 Steps to Playing Most Songs"

 

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