I'm using the Alain Benbassat method for ear training: Listening to major scale notes in the context of the scale (e.g. after hearing I-IV-V-I) and trying to hear the scale degree.
I keep reading and hearing about the different "feelings" of the scale degrees. This is what I associate to the major scale degrees:
- 1: very stable / boring
- 2: unstable/dissonant, wants to move down
- 3: ?
- 4: ?
- 5: stable
- 6: ?
- 7: unstable/dissonant, wants to move up
- 8: very stable
I understand that it's hard to put words on the feelings, but I think it would be beneficial to my learning to hear a bit about what more experienced musicians and people without atrocious sense of pitch associate to the scale degrees, or what the "generally accepted" ideas are.
What feelings or words are associated to the different major scale degrees?