Scales: Ways to Know a Scale: Keyboard Awareness

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Mapping the melodic-harmonic function of each note in a scale to its visio-spatial layout of the keyboard is a huge advance in your musicianship…

Doing so takes only minutes of effort, but lays a solid foundation for aural comprehension, “memorization”, playing by ear, transposition, and improvisation.

For any scale type, an expert musician can interchangeably identify every note by letter name, scale degree, and Solfege syllable.

Here, for example, is the Bb Major Scale over one octave with letter names and scale degrees…

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and now with letter names and Solfege syllables…

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And now with scale degrees and Solfege…

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Study-Practice Idea: Close your eyes and visualize the unique pattern of black and white notes in your “mind’s eye”. Imagine “playing” the notes without using your body or worrying about fingering. As you “play” each note in your visual imagination, say its letter name, scale degree, and Solfege syllable out loud. Doing so will elevate your visio-spatial awareness of the keyboard to the genius level, guaranteed!

learn more… Ways to Know a Scale: Aural Comprehension