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13: Major Scale 1-5

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Lesson 13: Major Scale 1-5

This lesson adds scale degrees 4 and 5 to the major scale. This lesson builds on Lesson 11: Major Scale 1-2-3 and Lesson 12: Major 1-2-3 Games, so you should be sure you've mastered those lessons before you read this one.

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

When you're sure you understand these examples, go on to Lesson 14: Major 1-5 Games to practice and test yourself.

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Lessons

1: Introduction
2: Teaching Yourself
3: Pitch & Keyboard
4: Pitch Names
5: Letters Game
6: Sharps & Flats
7: Half-Steps
8: Whole-Steps
9: Steps Game
10: Scales
11: Major Scale 1-2-3
12: Major 1-2-3 Games
13: Major Scale 1-5
14: Major 1-5 Games
15: Chords: Major Triads
16: Major Triad Games
17: Minor Triads
18: Minor Triad Games
19: Major Scale 1-8
20: Major Scale Games
21: Scales Above 8
22: What Next
23: Keys
24: Roman Numeral Chords
25: Diatonic Triads
26: Using Diatonics
27: Treble Staff
28: Treble Staff Game
29: Pitch & Frequency

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