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I learn music theory self study from Alfred book and I have a problem here As you see in question No 7 and 8 I don’t know what do they mean by Major or chromatic scale

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Thanks for you help 🖤🎶

  • C Major scale : C D E F G A B. C chromatic scale : C C# D D# E F F# G G# A A# B. – user506602 Aug 2 at 21:02
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    Could "eight ascending notes" ever be a chromatic scale? – topo Reinstate Monica Aug 2 at 21:24
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    @topomorto any number of notes can be a chromatic scale: it doesn't have to be a whole number of octaves – Dan Hulme Aug 2 at 21:53
  • if you look up the two different scales you will find that the major scale is built on whole and half steps: W-W-H-W-W-W-H while the chromatic scale has 12 half steps. – Albrecht Hügli Aug 2 at 22:25
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    @DanHulme -- shouldn't we call 8 sequential notes in the chromatic scale a scale fragment? – David Bowling Aug 3 at 6:01
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Any scale is merely a certain group of notes played in ascending/descending order.

The major scale is ubiquitous. Pieces using its notes (but not necessarily in that order!) are everywhere.

Simply put, the white keys on piano, starting and finishing on C, constitute the C major scale.

The spaces between the notes are in a certain pattern. T T S T T T S. As in C>D is a T(Tone), D>E is a T, E>F is a S(Semitone).

The chromatic scale is the one where every single note is played. Again, on piano, start on that C, but this time, play every single key - w,b,w,b,w,w etc. A rather different sounding scale. Alfred is getting you to differentiate between different sounding scales.

  • Thank you you where helpful – user21245 Aug 3 at 9:40

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