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10: Major Scale 1-2-3

Lesson 10: Major Scale 1-2-3

If you understand the basic facts about scales, from Lesson 9: Scales, then you're ready to learn about the major scale. The major scale is the most "fundamental" scale type, and is the foundation for learning about chords and other scale types.

Let's start with just the first 3 degrees of the major scale. The rule for these first three degrees is simple: they're each a whole-step apart:

1
whole-
step
2
whole-
step
3

Here are some examples of the 1-2-3 degrees of some major scales:

1 2 3
G♭ major scale 1-2-3: G♭-A♭-B♭

1 2 3
A major scale 1-2-3: A-B-C♯

1 2 3
B♭ major scale 1-2-3: B♭-C-D

When you're sure you understand these examples, go on to Lesson 11: Major 1-2-3 Games to practice and test yourself.


Lessons

1: Introduction
2: Pitch & Keyboard
3: Pitch Names
4: Letters Game
5: Sharps & Flats
6: Half-Steps
7: Whole-Steps
8: Steps Game
9: Scales
10: Major Scale 1-2-3
11: Major 1-2-3 Games
12: Major Scale 1-5
13: Major 1-5 Games
14: Chords: Major Triads

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