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18: Major Scale Games

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Lesson 18: Major Scale Games

These games let you practice the major scale.

Before playing these games, you should study Lesson 17: Major Scale 1-8.

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).

If you now know major scales and major and minor triads (Lesson 16: Minor Triad Games), then you're ready to study one of these:


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: Syncopation
43: Pentatonic Scales
44: Hook Melodies
45: Hook to Chorus: Rolling Stone
46: Melody Rhythm: Rolling Stone
47: Non-Root-Bass Chords
48: Embellishing Tones
49: Diatonic 7ths
50: Pitch & Frequency

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