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Lesson 22: 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 23: 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 23: Diatonic Triads.

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Lessons

1: Introduction
2: Practicing Songwriting
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: Keys
21: Roman Numeral Chords
22: Scales Above 8
23: Diatonic Triads
24: Using Diatonics
25: Tonic Function
26: Subdominant & Dominant
27: Diatonic Function Analysis
28: Natural Minor Scale
29: Natural Minor Games
30: Minor Key Triads
31: 7th Chords
32: 7ths Games
33: Melody: Chord Tones
34: Treble Staff
35: Treble Staff Game
36: Time: Beats & Measures
37: Note Lengths
38: Tied & Dotted Notes
39: Rhythm: Rests
40: Non-Root-Bass Chords
41: Major Pentatonic Scale
42: Embellishing Tones
43: Melody Rhythm: Rolling Stone
44: Pitch & Frequency

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