Pop Music Theory


Lessons in Order

1-7 (Intro & Pitch) +
8-18 (Major Scale) +
11: Major Scale 1-5
19-29 (Chord Progressions) +
30-34 (Hook Chords) +
35-41 (Written Notes) +
42-50 (Song Chorus) +

Lessons by Topic

Strategy +
Pitches +
Scales -
11: Major Scale 1-5
Written Notes +
Chords +
Chord Progressions +
Melody +
Songwriting Steps +
Science +
Games & Tools +
Song Examples: Crazy +
Song Examples: Rolling Stone +

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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 in Order

1-7 (Intro & Pitch) +
8-18 (Major Scale) +
11: Major Scale 1-5
19-29 (Chord Progressions) +
30-34 (Hook Chords) +
35-41 (Written Notes) +
42-50 (Song Chorus) +

Lessons by Topic

Strategy +
Pitches +
Scales -
11: Major Scale 1-5
Written Notes +
Chords +
Chord Progressions +
Melody +
Songwriting Steps +
Science +
Games & Tools +
Song Examples: Crazy +
Song Examples: Rolling Stone +

Detailed Contents

Get Future Lessons


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