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Questions tagged [scales]

For questions about playing, understanding, or studying scales.

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Jazz transcripts or recordings that clearly show scale-based improvisation for piano

I just starting to practice piano jazz fundamentals. I've been playing scales (root to seventh, or root to ninth) over ii-V-I (Evans forms) in all keys. That practice is coming along just fine, but ...
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What feelings or words are associated to the different major scale degrees? [closed]

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 ...
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Super fast scales and octaves, How?

I looked at the sheet music for a piano transcription of The Four Seasons and I see in the third movement of Summer, 2 things that I don't know if I can do. It has partly to do with the Presto tempo ...
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Modes of scales other than C major

I was learning modes. But I'm confused now. My problem is that I don't know how to apply the modes in other scale. For example I know in c major, mixolydian is form g to g and all keys are flat. But ...
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Chords going well with pentatonic scale and blues scale?

Let's say I want to improvise (create a solo) on the pentatonic scale A C D E G: E||---------------------5-8-| B||-----------------5-8-----| G||-------------5-7---------| D||---------5-7-------------|...
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Can't understand parallel progression. Can explain with example?

I'm sorry, I'm very noob at music theory. I know major scales, minor scales (natural, harmonic and melodic) and them chords. Since yesterday (so funny) I believed that to compose a track (I love ...
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Why is the Major-Minor Scale unused?

I tried to make the "best" 7-tone scale in just intonation. Specifically: The tones must be alongside the equal temperament. (7-TET here) The tones must have the least maximum harmonic distance. ...
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Should I practice the open C major scale with fingers 2-3-4?

Ever since I learned about scales, I've practiced playing the C scale every day as follows: Now, after learning another major scale pattern with four fingers and no open strings, I realised that this ...
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Carnatic Vs Western 12 Note system

I was trying to learn the chromatic scale and associate it with carnatic equivalents (I know equal temperment is not the way with indian music, but it interest me to relate and learn it to certain ...
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Are vocal training apps like Vanido effective in learning to sing?

I have a question about vocal training apps like Vanido. This app (and many similar ones) are based on daily training in singing scales. It also gives you a feedback on how far you are from any given ...
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How do you think of the natural minor scale (or any non-major scale), when you play it?

I would be grateful to know how other beginner musicians think of the natural scale. For example, do you think: I need to play in A minor - the relative major is C. I shall therefore play in C ...
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Jazz improvisation on descending chord progression

The challenge on this topic is Jazz improvisation scales and ideas on the following chord progression: C#maj7 - Cmaj7 - Bmaj7 - Bbmaj7 So 4 chords are descending chromatically within 2 measures and ...
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How to master lengthy Tatum-style runs when I hit a wall?

I've been trying to master a certain pattern for my improv that I like to call the Tatum-style descending pentatonic scale. Jazz greats like Tatum would often break into this extremely rapid ...
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When playing scales and chords, should I think C D E, C-F-G or root 2 3, I-IV-V?

I try to practice playing some scales every day: C major, G major and A minor pentatonic. Recently I stopped trying to think as much of the position ("string 2 fret 3, string 3 fret 0, string 3 fret 2 ...
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Guitar inversions / triads / CAGED

I've been studying the CAGED system for guitar, I know some people don't like it but to me it seems a great way to visualize the fretboard. Now, I understand what are triads and inversions but my ...
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Is using a flat 6 in dorian to avoid an augmented fourth OK in jazz?

Here is a basic line of broken fourths I was playing over Dm7. ...at beat 4 I use B flat so that a fourth is formed from the preceding F. As line continues in the next bar I go back to the B natural ...
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Piano scales: Why bother with hands together?

During my first ten years studying classical piano, the scales that I played were hands together, parallel. But the only literature that actually has scales in both hands, for more than one bar per ...
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Can a song be in the chromatic scale?

I noticed that Entry of the Gladiators is said to be in C major scale but I was wondering if it could be in the chromatic scale since it uses all the notes. And if not, are there examples of songs ...
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Finding the key by playing a scale

I have a hard time finding the the key that a song is in, so I tried something different. While the song is playing a I played a pentatonic scale in different keys until I found one that sounded ...
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How is harmonic and melodic minor scales written? Eg. C means C major, C m means C minor [duplicate]

Is melodic and harmonic minor scales referred to in any song as a scale? How are they represented e.g C means C major scale and Cm means C minor scale. In this way how will you say if a composition is ...
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Term for 'key change' when going for the chorus

There are songs that change key midway. The most common one I've heard is they change the key when going for the chorus. After that, when the song goes back to the verse, they change the key back. ...
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name for the first note of a scale

If im playing a c major scale ( c d e f g a b c) but not starting on c and starting instead on the low e string (bass) (e f g a b c d e) is the first e called the tonic of the scale or in this case is ...
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What is the proper piano fingering for playing scales in thirds?

I've been learning scales and I love to play them in this fashion. I can't seem to find a description anywhere of "proper" fingerings where there isn't a bunch of overlap. Proper is contained in ...
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The 5 Shapes of a key

I have been guitar for a while now and I wanted to start getting into soloing. I have looked up everything online and never found a conclusion. Is there an easy way to memorize all the scales. I have ...
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Electric Guitar John Coltrane Scale [closed]

I am trying to pull of this 26-2 on guitar any idea which scale is the guy with the hat using at about minute 1:59? ( ). Thanks a lot.
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Chord-scale vs chord/scale [closed]

Certain introductions to jazz teach that one should think harmonically in terms of "chord-scales" - for instance, that "E-mixed-third-7b913" and "E octatonic starting on a half step" are equivalent in ...
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How do I improvise over the V7 chord in minor?

I've been working on a number of traditional jazz tunes in minor keys, and they often resolve V7 > i During the V7 chord when improvising I feel pretty confused as to what notes to use. I end up ...
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Keyboard fingering for pentatonic scale

I always find it difficult to play pentatonic scales on a keyboard. For example, I have been trying to play a scale containing the following notes: F G G# A# D. (I am not sure about the scale ...
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Make Songs from Major Scale sound like Romany/Balkan/Hindi

We are trying to make songs sound "gypsy". We tried using double harmonic scale, but we're not sure how are we gonna make the chords fit the scale. Most of the songs we play are on major scale. ...
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Is interval always related to a scale?

Is music interval always a concept in terms of scales and do we always have to take the first note as tonic? What would be the interval between D note and E note in C major scale?
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Being limited to the natural minor/major, relative minor/major and parallel key

I'm not entirely sure if this question would be to broad. But say there is a chord progression in A minor. The key I have to play in would be A aeolian wich resolves to the following modes: i A ...
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What are the interval patterns for the modes?

I came across this on this site: C Ionian is C D E F G A B, whereas C Dorian is C D E♭ F G A B♭ The WWHWWWH is for Ionian. What is the equivalent for the other modes?
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Which chords belong to a mode?

My guitar teacher - in my short student days - told me that each mode, in order to be expressed, have to be played over a certain chord. That chord can either come from a second guitar, or from one ...
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Can't seem to figure out the key of a chord progression?

Ab min7 - Db min - Eb min7 - Gb7 I looked it up and it said it was in the key of B and Ab min? Not very good with theory so I don't know how it could be a major and minor key at the same time. ...
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F♭ major - a hypothetical question, perhaps!

Would an orchestral string player use an open E string to play any note in a major scale of F♭? Is it possible to play a scale of F♭ major on a modern pianoforte accurately? Which is highest in ...
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Understanding key signature in garage band

I am relatively new to understanding key signatures.I understand the basic difference between scales and key signatures. I have come across the following set of notes for C major key signature in ...
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Musical systems with more than 12 notes

From what I remember of music theory, all music (at least Western music) boils down to scales that revolve around the 12 notes (circle of fourths/fifths). I know there are scales in different regions ...
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What is tonality when you're not playing with a diatonic scale?

Is there any definition of tonality which generalizes beyond a diatonic scale? For instance, can you have resolution from a dominant to a tonic if you're only using a pentatonic scale? Clearly you ...
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'A Minor' songs suitable for a beginner that include lead and rhytmn parts [closed]

I'm a relative beginner to the guitar, and I'm looking to learn a few songs to compliment what I'm learning with my guitar tutor at the moment. Right now we're working on House of the Rising Sun (in ...
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Why is the third triad dominant?

I'm working through "Guide to the Practical Study of Harmony" by Tchaikovsky and I had a question about this section on triads (he's working with a C Major scale): The whole mass of major and minor ...
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In guitar, the best way to learn all scales (modes of natural, harmonic, melodic scales,etc) in every key is…?

In guitar, the best way to learn all scales (modes of natural, harmonic, melodic scales,etc) in every key is to memorize entire pattern of one scale in the neck like this or just memorize one shape ...
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What are some viable fingerings for the chromatic run in Fur Elise?

I am talking about this section.
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Cello double stops fingered thirds?

On violin there are (at least) two ways to play double stop octaves. The 'regular' way: using fingers 1+4 1+4 1+4 etc. or 'fingered': using fingers 1+3 2+4 1+3 2+4 etc. I remember seeing ...
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how to learn to play lead parts like this?

This is a song ( ) i like from my country. I like the touch of that lead player. This song is in F major. How do I learn to play like that? Do I need to know the F major ...
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Modal confusion

I'm a novice in music theory. I was just improvising over a C-B7 progression and I can play the E harmonic minor and also Em pentatonic scale over this progression. What mode would they be if we take ...
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Is there a formal term for the “WWHW” and “WHWW” ordering of intervals in a perfect 5th?

The reason for my question is that I'm developing a simpler way, using one's fingers instead of the music staff to introduce basic theory to non-musicians. It's called "THE Music Theory" - "THE" ...
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Solfege (aka Do Re Mi) in natural minor scale?

Is there a Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do equivalent in the minor scale? If so how's it spelled and how's it sung (maybe someone has a link where someone sings it). Thanks
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Confusion about blues scale and chords

I have no real knowledge about music theory, so my question may be nonsensical. Before my question I need to state an assumption which may be wrong and gets me confused: when playing a song in a ...
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If I know the notes in a melody, how can I identify the scale that is being used?

If I know the notes in a melody, how can I identify the scale that is being used? Also, how do I find the higher octave notes in the same scale? Here is an example piece: ...
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Creating music on specific key

I want to know that in most DAWs we have tendency to make everything to create every note on C5 as DAWs like FL Studio create everything on C unless you change it manually or create it in piano roll. ...