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19: Major Scale Games

Lesson 19: Major Scale Games

We finished explaining the major scale in Lesson 18: 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
1:



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:
1:
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 20: Scales Above 8.


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
18: Major Scale 1-8
19: Major Scale Games
20: Scales Above 8
21: What Next
22: Keys
23: Roman Numeral Chords
24: Diatonic Triads
25: Treble Staff
26: Pitch & Frequency

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