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21: Scales Above 8


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Lesson 21: Scales Above 8

We will often need to count scale degrees above degree 8 (degrees 9, 10, 11, etc.), so this short lesson covers how we do that. You need to know your major scales (Lesson 19: Major Scale 1-8) to understand this lesson.

You already know (I hope) that scale degree 8 reuses the same pitch-name as scale degree 1; the other higher scale degrees do the same thing, reusing the pitch-names from 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

When you understand these higher scale degrees, you can go on to Lesson 22: What Next for some options.

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Lessons

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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