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11: Major Scale 1-5

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Lesson 11: Major Scale 1-5

This lesson teaches the major scale, degrees 4 and 5.

Before taking this lesson, you should know: major scale degrees 1-2-3. You can test yourself with Lesson 10: Major 1-2-3 Games.

Here are the distances between degrees 1-5 of the major scale, adding degrees 4 and 5 to degrees 1-3 which you already know:

1
whole-
step
2
whole-
step
3
half-
step
4
whole-
step
5

Notice the half-step between degrees 3 and 4.

Now study the following examples. Make sure you understand why these scales contain these exact pitches:

1 2 3 4 5
F♯ major scale 1-5: F♯-G♯-A♯-B-C♯

1 2 3 4 5
A major scale 1-5: A-B-C♯-D-E

1 2 3 4 5
B♭ major scale 1-5: B♭-C-D-E♭-F

Next:
Practice these scale degrees in Lesson 12: Major 1-5 Games.

Lessons

1: Introduction
2: Practicing Songwriting
3: Pitch Names
4: Letters Game
5: Sharps & Flats
6: Half-Steps & Whole-Steps
7: Steps Game
8: Scales
9: Major Scale 1-2-3
10: Major 1-2-3 Games
11: Major Scale 1-5
12: Major 1-5 Games
13: Chords: Major Triads
14: Major Triad Games
15: Minor Triads
16: Minor Triad Games
17: Major Scale 1-8
18: Major Scale Games
19: Keys
20: Roman Numeral Chords
21: Scales Above 8
22: Diatonic Triads
23: Using Diatonics
24: Tonic Function
25: Subdominant & Dominant
26: Diatonic Function Analysis
27: Natural Minor Scale
28: Natural Minor Games
29: Minor Key Triads
30: 7th Chords
31: 7ths Games
32: Suspended-4th Chords
33: Time: Beats & Measures
34: Starting a Song: Hook Chords
35: Melody: Chord Tones
36: Treble Staff
37: Treble Staff Game
38: Note Lengths
39: Tied & Dotted Notes
40: Rhythm: Rests
41: Key Signatures
42: Diatonic 7ths
43: Non-Root-Bass Chords
44: Major Pentatonic Scale
45: Embellishing Tones
46: Melody Rhythm: Rolling Stone
47: Pitch & Frequency

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