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How Music Works: Scales

Learning Outcomes

  • To profoundly understand the role that scales play in the function of music, both melodically and harmonically. .
  • To expand your visio-spatial awareness of the piano keyboard.
  • To develop your aural comprehension by expand your conception and perception of pitches in functional terms.
  • To develop Relative Pitch (RP), the ability to comprehend and perceive pitch relationships in functional terms with respect to a key center.

Links to Lessons

The Basics of Scales

  1. Why Study Scales?
  2. What is a Scale?
  3. Scale Structure: The Number System
  4. Scale Structure: The Solfege System
  5. Number System or Solfege?
  6. Solfege and the Notion of Keys
  7. Melodic Analysis: The Beauty of Solfege
  8. Analysis of Familiar Melodies Using Solfege

Scale Types: Theory & Ear Training

  1. C Major
  2. C Natural Minor || C Melodic Minor || C Harmonic Minor
  3. C Mixolydian || C Dorian
  4. C Major Pentatonic || C Minor Pentatonic
  5. C Minor Blues || C Major Blues
  6. C Middle Eastern || C Japanese

How to Study-Practice Scales

  1. Introduction
  2. Literacy
  3. Keyboard Awareness
  4. Solfege Ear Training
  5. Performance
  6. Scales as Chords
  7. Modes

Special Topics

Study Aids

Commonly-Used Scales in 12 Keys

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