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Lessons in Order

1-7 (Intro & Pitch) +
8-18 (Major Scale) +
19-29 (Chord Progressions) +
21: Scales Above 8
30-34 (Hook Chords) +
35-41 (Written Notes) +
42-50 (Song Chorus) +

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Strategy +
Pitches +
Scales -
21: Scales Above 8
Written Notes +
Chords +
Chord Progressions +
Melody +
Songwriting Steps +
Science +
Games & Tools +
Song Examples: Crazy +
Song Examples: Rolling Stone +

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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 in Order

1-7 (Intro & Pitch) +
8-18 (Major Scale) +
19-29 (Chord Progressions) +
21: Scales Above 8
30-34 (Hook Chords) +
35-41 (Written Notes) +
42-50 (Song Chorus) +

Lessons by Topic

Strategy +
Pitches +
Scales -
21: Scales Above 8
Written Notes +
Chords +
Chord Progressions +
Melody +
Songwriting Steps +
Science +
Games & Tools +
Song Examples: Crazy +
Song Examples: Rolling Stone +

Detailed Contents

Get Future Lessons


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