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20: Scales Above 8

Lesson 20: 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 18: 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 21: What Next for some options.


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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