Major Scale: Theory & Ear Training

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Mastering the Major Scale is absolutely essential for your development as a musician for at least two reasons…

  1. It is widely-used in all kinds of music all around the world.
  2. It provides a solid foundation upon which we are going to build a rich network of scale and chord mastery that integrates both theory and ear training.

Theory

Here, for example, are the notes in the C Major Scale identified by letter name, scale degree (numbers), and Solfege syllable…

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  1. The scale structure of the Major Scale is always 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-1, no matter what key you are in.
  2. The Solfege syllables of the Major Scale are always Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do, no matter what key you are in.
  3. The only thing that changes when you change keys are the letter names.

The Major Scale in Action

Joy to the World

Let It Be

Solfege Ear Training

Reading, playing, and singing the Solfege syllables out loud is an extremely effective way to internalize the unique sound-feeling of each note in any musical scale.

Below you will find some musical patterns for doing so, but first listen to Frank model how to use these studies effectively…

It is critically important that you play and sing these studies slowly enough to allow the sound-feelings to make an impression on your mind’s ear. Eventually you will be able to hear-feel each note in your mind’s ear without help from your instrument!

C Major Scale: Linear, Ascending…

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C Major Scale: Linear, Descending…

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Tip: It is absolutely essential that you sing these out loud. Do you hear and feel the unique pull of Ti toward Do going up and the unique attraction of Re toward Do going down?


C Major Scale: Do-X-Do, Ascending…

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C Major Scale: Do-X-Do, Descending…

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Tip: Many other patterns are possible as well, but at this point your time is better spent going right to the kinds of music that YOU want to play for your study-practice material.

learn more… Natural Minor Scale: Theory & Ear Training