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Questions tagged [scales]

For questions about playing, understanding, or studying scales.

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What are the most commonly used guitar scales in rock music?

This question is pretty straightforward. I like rock music but I cannot figure out what scales they are using.
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How did a number of great self-taught guitarists from the 60s and 70s learn solely from listening to records? [on hold]

A lot of things are written about influential guitar players such as technical prowess and it is mentioned how they are self-taught/never had a lesson. But reading through all this stuff I couldn't ...
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Confused about intervals and keys, does the former depends on the latter?

Sorry if my question is too trivial, I'm trying to understand intervals and keys. I've read on Wikipedia that a third "is a musical interval encompassing three staff positions and the major third is a ...
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What is the ordering of modes (Ionian, Dorian, etc.) from least to most dissonant? [on hold]

What is the ordering of modes (Ionian, Dorian, etc.) from least to most dissonant? Intervals are dissonant/consonant so why wouldn't there be a way to measure the totality (or average?) of modes ...
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How to remember and see each major scale degrees when playing a scale not in order?

So I'm piano beginner learning all major scales and their fingering. I already know all 12 major scales and how to play them from 1st to 8th note ascending and back descending in quite good speed and ...
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How do you build a blues scale?

Hi I am doing grade 8 theory (Trinity). I need a quick and easy way to remember/ know of how to build blues scales. TIA
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Solo Scales to Blue Train (John Coltrane)

Blue Train (John Coltrane) is a blues in Eb. What are the best options for soloing to it (Trombone)? major pentatonic? It feels somehow strange... the F minor pentatonic seems to fit quite well also.
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Are you still playing a scale if you don't include every note in said scale? [duplicate]

For instance, if you're playing C major, and instead of playing C D E F G A B, you play C D E F G A, or C D E F G, would that still be considered playing in that scale or key? Because I doubt that ...
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How is music theory helpful in fitting notes together?

I'm very new to music; i've played a guitar before but without a real direction in my practice. I'd like to learn to play the guitar properly, but before that can happen I need a clarification ...
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How to properly notate scales that are not heptatonic

As far as I understand Scales are defined on intervals. So, for example, the major scale is defined by the following intervals from the root: C - Root D - Major Second E - Major Third F - Perfect ...
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What scale is All Day Long by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn? [closed]

https://open.spotify.com/track/2nyx0Wqw7utftbWjnJcdru I am trying to play a little guitar solo over this track and was wondering what scale and key I should solo in. Everything I play sounds bad.
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Do the notes in a scale have to be played in order?

Beginner here, it seems like a scale just defines a particular set of notes that don't have to be played in any order to me. But if you look at A minor pentatonic scale you have A, C, D, E, G, yet ...
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What is a panharmonic scale?

In the English translation of Plato's Republic, he does not allow flutes to be played because they are used to play "panharmonic scales", and he says that no panharmonic scales should be played or ...
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What kind of guitar scale did I “discover”?

I barely know any music theory but I love experimenting with notes and finding two-note chords that sound cool on my guitar. I've been playing this progression below and I've found that any three ...
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Correct Notes for C## in Harmonic Minor Scale

Is the following scale correct for C## Harmonic Minor? C##, D##, E#, F##, G##, A#, B# I read on a good music theory page and they had B## as 7th note in the key, so I was wondering, but I'm pretty ...
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Borrowed chords - does their function change?

I have a theory question. In the key of C major (as an example) there are some common borrowed chords. Like: D, E and Fm. Sometimes B♭, A♭ and E♭ as well. A natural minor share the ...
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Which 'Scale' A Song is In

A month or two ago, I participated in a school music programme, where I was playing guitar. The chord progression I was playing was in the key of C. Then our music teacher comes, and asks in which ...
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Which key are these notes and how to transpose it to the key of D?

I am a beginner in music theory so please bear with me. I was looking up a document which talks about transposing music and I understand a few things I think about transposing music. But if I, for ...
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Do all songs have to be in a major or minor scale? Can a song have random notes that don't belong to any major or minor scale?

For example, every scale has a given set of notes. But is it possible that there's a composition which doesn't fall into one particular scale?
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Manual of Scales Arpeggios and Broken Chords by Beringer & Dunhill - NO NATURAL MINOR SCALES

So I got myself a book of scales (title/authors in question title) and it seems pretty extensive, with the scales presented 'plain' and in 3rds and tenths and sixths, in contrary and similar motion. ...
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When we play the C mixolydian mode, are we still in the key of C?

Whenever we discuss the key of a piece, we usually describe it as either a major or minor key. And then, based on the intervals of the major or minor scale and the root note we define, we can ...
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Are scales usually 7 notes in middle eastern music?

I noticed that Phrygian dominant (aka hijaz maqam) is used alot in middle eastern music. I noticed that the oud is used alot too and it's microtonal. Since it's microtonal does middle eastern music ...
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Building a dominant triad in a minor key - are these double sharps correct?

As I understand it, one builds the dominant triad of a minor key using its harmonic scale based on the dominant, leading tone and supertonic notes. Under this criteria I seem to get some weird ...
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Modal scales' variations

I know two basic variations of minor and major scales, and these are melodic and harmonic. My question is, are there melodic and harmonic variations of modal scales? Like Dorian harmonic? or ...
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Key and possible missing “tonic chord”

I just figured out in this tune the chords F major and e minor fit, and they are repeated all over. Surely its a simple and repetitive piece, but what I am wondering is, the only key where both chords ...
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Fingered glissando, how to do it?

Basically what I mean is scales that are so fast, they sound like glissandos. Generally speaking, I hit the wall at 32nd notes at 120 bpm and it feels like my fingers can't get any faster. That is ...
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Best scale to use over Dm9 G13 Cmaj7 chord progression

I have the chord progression Dm9 G13 Cmaj7, and was wondering what the best scale is to solo over these chords. The C major scale works fine, but I can't help but think there is a better scale to use.
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Playing m7th chord on the 5th note of a major scale

Daniel Caeser & H.E.R.'s song "Best Part" has the following chord progression: Dmaj7, Am7, Gmaj7, A#maj7 The song sounds like it is in D major, which means that the A chord should be Amaj or A7, ...
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Trying to figure out the scale of a piece I am writing

I am writing something and am unsure of how I can work out exactly what key it is in, not that it really matters but I'm interested. I think I have narrowed it down to C or G minor, as the notes in ...
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What does it mean for a mode to be “tonally effective”?

The web site http://www.tonalcentre.org states that there are only two "tonally effective" modes of the diatonic scale (viz., the Ionian and Aeolian modes) [http://www.tonalcentre.org/Scales.html] and ...
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How can I call this scale? [duplicate]

How can I call this scale? B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A#, B Because between G and A # it's a tone and a half.
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Vocals : How to practice accidental notes in sight singing

So I have been practicing sight singing since last 5-6 months. I think I'm able to read the notes in the scales quite easily using the solfege method (each scale somewhat resembling the Do-Re-Mi ...
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What to teach after scales and chords

I’m teaching piano. So far all scales have been covered and soon all family chords will also be done. I’m not trained in reading sheet music and so can’t teach that. So what else to teach now...?
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My question is about composition and technique [closed]

I have been playing by ear and would like to learn to be able to understand what playing in the right key as well as understanding the 1,4,5 logic? Should I be concentrating on learning the notes to ...
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Tonal Compatibility

Considering: that finding the Ionian Mode's Phrygian location, suggests counting back 3 degrees from C'- Bb, Ab, 'G', starting from 'G'- play the 'Eb' Scale. The Answer', I have been serching for the ...
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Is there a website that provides song names as real life examples for each scale and mode? [closed]

I have recently started learning music theory on my own. I have had some previous exposure to Western music theory when I was in primary school (now I'm in college). So, I'm not completely new to the ...
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Can someone please explain differences between Ionian dorian phrygian (etc) scales [duplicate]

If you have C scale, C, D, E, F, G, A, H, C this is already Ionian. C dorian scale is when you play same tones but start from second tone, in this case D. I am correct?
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What is the historic origin of the terms & textbook definitions of the natural minor, harmonic minor, & melodic minor scales?

EDIT I edited my question title to better reflect what I am asking. I am specifically asking about pedagogical sources that present these three forms of minor scales, like this... My Piston Harmony ...
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What are all the modes (scales) based on the major scale?

I've heard that there are 7 different scales based on the major scale, like the minor scale, which is made by shifting the major scale pattern 6 to the right. What are the names of the other scales ...
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Mozart scale run with #5 and #1?

Can somebody please explain why Mozart used(or why do they work/what is their purpose/function) this 2 notes : #5 and #1 in this scale run from his Clarinet Concerto in A ??? Thank you very much
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Understand this progression/harmony

I've found a song that uses the next progression. Is a 4 "simple" 4 bars progression: Cm / D / D# / F In the first 3 bars, it plays notes from this scale: D D# F# G A A# C In the last bar, basically ...
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Should piano scales start and end on the same finger?

Is it usually a good idea to begin and end piano scales on the same finger? When I looked up "proper" fingering some people seem to recommend that and others didn't. Maybe there are pros and cons to ...
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Pentatonic Boob - What does it suggest to call someone this? [closed]

Someone labeled the creator of what I thought was a helpful music theory video, as a “pentatonic boob”. What is the implication of this comment, is it an offhanded remark, or a signal of some ...
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Can someone help me understand this chord progression?

I've been jamming around with a chord progression that goes D F#m C(b5) Bm The odd chord out is the C(b5), but my ear likes the tension-resolution is creates to end on the Bm. I know there's no "...
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Polyphia - GOAT | scale and key [closed]

I have discovered a song that doesn't let me sleep at nights. I am trying to figure out how they came up with this piece. First thing was to find the right notes that appear there and as I can see ...
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Is Legend of Zelda's Great Fairy Fountain in F major? [closed]

I'm wondering if this song is in F major, various websites seem to think it is. It seems to have the notes of F major, but why does it sound so sad? Is it a mode, or maybe it's just D minor? How can ...
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Harmonic/Melodic Minor in Keys? [duplicate]

How does one find the key to a scale like harmonic minor, or is out of key?
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Can the blues scale be used over iim7 V7 Imaj7?

In typical blues using V7 IV7 I7 the blues scale can be used - and as I understand - without concern for avoid tones. Can I do something similar over jazz iim7 V7 Imaj7? I made this chart of chord ...
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Confusion about C Major Chord on guitar

I was reading the article about major scales here -> https://www.lotusmusic.com/lm_chordnames.html and was trying to look at the C Major chord on my guitar. In the article it says that the triad ...
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When describing the melodic minor scale, I hear it referred to as a “minor major 7th”, but isn't the harmonic minor also that?

The melodic major consists of 1 2 b3 4 5 6 #7 while the harmonic minor consists of 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, b6, #7. Both appear to be "minor major 7th" chords. So when someone refers to one of these, how do ...