I am learning to play a keyboard(Noob stage) and I am reading a book regarding the same. It is written that a scale is basically a TONE TONE SEMITONE TONE TONE TONE SEMITONE pattern so if I want to play in D scale the immediate notes after D would be E and F and so on for that particular scale.
Did I get it right or am I wrong?
if That is right then are the chords different for different scales?
like what will the C-chord in D scale look like?

Thank you

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    Not sure what you mean by what does the c chord in d scale look like...
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Mar 20, 2017 at 14:07
  • @DrMayhem Sorry i myself am confused much, What I meant was that in simple C scale (That starts from Middle C) the C chord is made up of C,E and G notes, what notes is C chord in D scale made up of ? Mar 20, 2017 at 14:15
  • C chord is made up of C, E and G. That is what a C is.
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Mar 20, 2017 at 14:15
  • If you have a look at some of the questions in the sidebar to the right, they may help, such as music.stackexchange.com/questions/12378/… and music.stackexchange.com/questions/26762/…
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Mar 20, 2017 at 14:16

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Using your scale gives D E F# G A B C# as there is only a semi tone between E and F.

Also, this is only one scale (D Major) - there are other scales in D, such as D minor: D E F G A Bb C.

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You're absolutely right that a major scale follows the T-T-ST-T-T-T-ST pattern. Therefore, as DrMayhem said, if you want to play a major scale in D major, it would be D E F# G A B C# D. It could be useful to note that there are actually patterns in all the various scales:

  • Harmonic minor: T-ST-T-T-ST-T+ST-ST (Note the T+ST is one unit)
  • Melodic minor: T-ST-T-T-T-T-ST on the way up and T-T-ST-T-T-ST-T
  • Natural minor: T-ST-T-T-ST-T-T
  • Major: T-T-ST-T-T-T-ST
  • Chromatic: ST-ST-ST-ST-ST-ST-ST-ST-ST-ST-ST-ST :)

To clarify, there is technically not a C major chord (C-E-G) in the D major scale. one can play a C major chord in a D major context however, and in such a case the C chord would be considered chromatic.

There is a C# diminished chord (please note a C# dim. chord is in no functional way related to a C major chord) in the D major scale. It would be C#-E-G.

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