19: Major Scale Games
Lesson 19: Major Scale GamesWe finished explaining the major scale in Lesson 18: Major Scale
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:
In the next game, you have just the pitch names, no keyboard. This can be a lot harder:
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 20: Scales Above 8.