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20: Major Scale Games

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Lesson 20: Major Scale Games

We finished explaining the major scale in Lesson 19: Major Scale 1-8, but you need to know it well before you go on. So play these practice games until they're easy, and keep coming back to them until they stay easy.

This page tests you on just the five easiest major scales; I think that's enough to learn at one time.

This first game gives you a piano keyboard to click:

Click notes 1-8 of the major scale:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

In the next game, you have just the pitch names, no keyboard. This can be a lot harder:

Click notes 1-8 of the
major scale:
C♭ C C♯
B♭ B B♯
A♭ A A♯
G♭ G G♯
F♭ F F♯
E♭ E E♯
D♭ D D♯
C♭ C C♯
B♭ B B♯
A♭ A A♯
G♭ G G♯
F♭ F F♯
E♭ E E♯
D♭ D D♯
C♭ C C♯

Why black pitches?

Finally, we can answer why there are black pitches grouped in 2's and 3's between the white pitches. When you practiced the major scales above, perhaps you noticed that there's exactly one major scale that you can play with only white pitches: the C major scale (C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C). It's the pattern of black pitches in 2's and 3's which makes this one all-white-pitch major scale possible.

That's actually explaining it kind of backward, because in actual history, early keyboards had only the "white" keys, no "black" (♯/♭) keys. Thus, they could only play that one major scale; the black keys were added later so the keyboard could play other major scales (and other kinds of scales, and other chords).

When these games are easy for you, there's one more detail about major scales that you should learn, in Lesson 21: Scales Above 8.

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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: 7th Chords
28: 7ths Games
29: Treble Staff
30: Treble Staff Game
31: Melody: Chord Tones
32: Pitch & Frequency

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