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21: Scales Above 8

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Lesson 21: Scales Above 8

This lesson teaches the major scale degrees above degree 8 (degrees 9, 10, 11, etc.).

Before taking this lesson, you should know:
You'll need these extended scale degrees to understand various theory topics, such as Lesson 22: Diatonic Triads.

You know that the common scales each have 7 different pitches or degrees, plus degree 8, which is just the same pitch as degree 1 an octave higher. We can keep going above degree 8 as far as we like, with scales degrees 9, 10, 11, etc.

These extended scale degrees do the same thing that degree 8 does; they reuse the same pitch-names as lower scale degrees. Here's an extended B♭ major scale as an example:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

So, these pairs of scale degrees share the same pitch names:

Degree 8 = degree 1
Degree 9 = degree 2
Degree 10 = degree 3
Degree 11 = degree 4
Degree 12 = degree 5
Degree 13 = degree 6
Degree 14 = degree 7
Degree 15 = degree 8 = degree 1

Next:
When you understand these extended scale degrees, you can go on to Lesson 22: Diatonic Triads.

Lessons

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: Diatonic 7ths
43: Non-Root-Bass Chords
44: Major Pentatonic Scale
45: Embellishing Tones
46: Melody Rhythm: Rolling Stone
47: Pitch & Frequency

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