Alright so tomorrow I got a test on B flat major scale patterns. The problem is though when We learned this I somehow completely missed it and have no idea what to practice. There are three variations: one that goes at a normal pace and has a slightly different pattern, one that goes a lot faster, and one that starts on low B flat and ends in high B flat but has two notes in between. If those variations are an actual thing please tell me because I don’t know if it’s a thing my teacher made or if it actually exist in the music world.
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The "normal pace" and "a lot faster" descriptions can be nearly anything, but here are some ideas:
The above pattern is a very common rhythm for playing scales, especially early on in your musical career. I would bet this is at least one of the patterns you're asked to play, but it's impossible to know for certain without sheet music.
The "one that goes a lot faster" is almost impossible to know, but the above is one possibility. This one skips the opening quarter note and immediately starts with eighth notes; in doing so, it goes up to the C before descending again. In no way is this certainly what you're looking for; it's just one idea, based only on common scale patterns that I've heard in my lifetime.
If it really goes a lot faster, it might be the following pattern (but again, due to the limited information, these are just guesses):
Thankfully, the final pattern---"one that starts on low B flat and ends in high B flat but has two notes in between"---is definitely an arpeggio, shown below.
An arpeggio simply plays the first, third, and fifth pitches of a scale; I'm as certain as I can be that this is what you meant by your final pattern, even if the rhythm may be slightly different.
Once you figure out the specifics of the first and second patterns, we'd love to hear what they are!
I expect you've already been tested on C major, since it's most unlikely that Bb would be the first thing you'd be tested on.
So transpose the known C-major patterns down a tone into Bb.