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12: Major Scale 1-5

Lesson 12: Major Scale 1-5

This lesson adds scale degrees 4 and 5 to the major scale. This lesson builds on Lesson 10: Major Scale 1-2-3 and Lesson 11: 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 13: Major 1-5 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
15: Major Triad Games
16: Minor Triads
17: Minor Triad Games

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