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 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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