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Questions tagged [scales]

For questions about playing, understanding, or studying scales.

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Is the Western system of notes and intervals essentially two-dimensional? [closed]

With my layman's knowledge of Western music theory, I understand that all intervals are built up of octaves and fifths. (Or major and minor seconds, or some other pair of independent 'unit vectors'.) ...
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Should I remember the diatonic chord names of each scale?

I've mainly been playing chords/scales based on patterns that I remember. But do you think it's worthwhile to actually remember/take time to commit to memory the names of each chord in each key? So ...
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As a guitarist, is there a way that I can look at a piece of music and determine which pentatonic is used?

I'm presuming here that the music score is a 12 bar blues form and that the melody is written to use a C Major pentatonic or an A Minor pentatonic or some pentatonic scale. I've been transcribing ...
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E major and A minor together are not in scale?

I was making up a chord progression on guitar which is F, E, Am, C. I then attempted to find what key this progression could be in and I'm getting confused because I cannot find what key/scale ...
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What's the best way to rebuild piano technique?

I am already a pretty advanced player but I've not been able to practice seriously for a few months. What's the most efficient way to rebuild strength? Are Hanon or Czerny good for this? Would scales/...
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Why is the hexatonic scale that can be derived via a chain of perfect fifths so little-known?

When learning about European classical music, it's heptatonic scales. The pentatonic scale is also very well known and widely used in folk music in different parts of the world. However, before I ...
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Why is the Mirror on a midpoint, rather than the root note, in Negative Harmony theory?

I'm curious about why Negative Harmony music theory relies on finding the midpoint between the Tonic and Dominant Degrees in a scale, and flipping the scale around that point, instead of simply ...
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Scales and order of presentation

Why do some violin scale books, after starting with C Major and A minor, then work through key signatures up to six flats and then work down from six sharps?
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Are there any tuning differences between the C# Major Scale and Db Major Scale? [duplicate]

I am looking for a little clarification related to the differences between sharp (♯) and flat (♭) notes in music theory. Some people say C♯ and D♭ are the same, but some say they are not. Some say ...
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alternatives to the 12 notes system?

First of all, I'm sorry I do not have top-notch knowledge to properly formulate the question, so I apologize if some of you do not get the point of my question. It seems in western music, the de-...
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Is there an AU plugin that has a similar use to FL Studio's Stamp Tool?

I've seen people online using the stamp tool in FL Studio to write scales. As far as I can tell, Logic Pro X does not come with this feature. Is there a plugin (has to be AU for my purposes) that ...
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How many scales should one be proficient in? [closed]

On the piano I know C major, A major, D major- as far playing songs and knowing where their diatonic chords are, just because I've messed with these scales the most. I Also know A minor, and E flat ...
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How to identify the chord progression and a specific chord

This is a two part question. I have a piece of music written in the key of C called "Tranquility" (written by Jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola). My two questions are: how do I identify the chord ...
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Is there a CAGED system for pentatonic scales when playing guitar?

I studied the Caged system for scales on guitar and find it useful when I'm doing scales over chords, but when I'm doing Pentatonic scales, I only learned Major and Minor with roots on 5th and 6th ...
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Database of scales [closed]

I haven't had much luck in my search for a well-curated and (reasonably) comprehensive list of scales. I'm looking for a database or list of any kind that includes scale names and their corresponding ...
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When playing in a minor key, is it common to switch between the different minor scales?

Is it common to switch between natural, harmonic, and melodic minor scales when playing the same piece or is it best to stick with one?
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What's a good technical way to come up with melodies in a certain scale?

I'm planning on composing a piece for bassoon and flute. I want to use the whole tone scale mixed with lydian. What are some good practices to come up with melodies?
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How come we squish everything into one octave?

If I play out the harmonic series on the piano, the notes are far apart over multiple octaves and I was wondering why we squish everything into one octave to create chords/scales?
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Why are scales built sequentially, rather than around the circle of fifths? [closed]

I have been trying to learn some music theory and have come across the amazing thing that is the circle of fifths. It is such a beautiful construction and makes such intuitive sense, that it makes ...
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What do you call a scale with 19 notes per octave? Howabout 17 notes per octave?

I know that a 12-note scale (as in the currently ubiquitous 12 equal temperament) is called "chromatic". In a chromatic system, there are sharps and/or flats, but no neighboring sharps and flats. ...
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Chord Progression in scale

If I want to make chord progression in A Major scale. Should I use the A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#, A notes only?
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Ranking dominant chord alterations by dissonance

In a jazz chord progression, there are many ways to alter the extensions and notes in a dominant chord. Reasons for altering dominant chords are to add harmonic variety, to construct elegant and ...
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Playing the F major scale for kids

I've got a simple question here: How is it easier for a kid (7 years old) to play the F major scale on piano? 1-2-1-2-1-2-3-4 or 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4, or maybe some other way?
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Scale question, Harmonic Minor with added 6th

I have written and recorded a song, and needed to give a written analysis of sorts for a grant. I'm just not sure what to call this scale. Its a harmonic minor with an added 6th. Specifically the ...
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Music Mode what mode is song in?

I have a Blues solo to analyse, the key is G major and it makes use of blue notes such as B flat and F natural, does anyone know what 'mode' the song is in
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What scale to use on a Monte chord?

I am currently analysing Someday My Prince Will Come for an oral examination on wednesday in Jazz theory. I have identified the progression in bars 19 to 21 as a Monte progression, but I'm really bad ...
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Does changing the music's key change the feeling?

If I write a major scale in the key of A, is there any difference if I write that major scale but change the key to F or G or B or F♯? In other words, are there any differences between different keys ...
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Need some help with perfect fifth power chords

Okay, so I have played guitar for quite some time, but I chose to take up tattooing for a career for about 10 years which left me no time to enjoy playing anymore. So needless to say, I ended up ...
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What are the primary (or most common) chords of the minor scale?

I'm trying to figure out what chords appear most often in minor scales, in major scales it's easy: the I IV and V, it's not even a question. You can harmonize almost any major song with just these ...
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Learning scales (skipping major scales)

I dabble in the piano for half a year(+) now. Just learned about scales through this video ( ). I guess i listen to a lot of music with minor scales, and I want to ...
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Trombone B flat Major scale patterns [closed]

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:...
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Ending of Ballade in G Minor

Hi, I'm currently working on Chopin's Ballade in G Minor and have come across a problem I can't work on. The two sets of scales shown below are meant to be played rapidly. However, whenever I try ...
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What is it about this note that subverts my expectations?

This question regards the main theme from the video game The Last of Us. The video I will be referencing is someone playing it here: There is a little introductory ...
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How can a scale sound sadder/darker than the scale with the same key signature?

There is a general principle used to describe the intensity of a mode. The more flat notes there are in the formula of the mode, the darker it sounds. So the Locrian scale is the saddest/darkest mode, ...
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Why do chords have different notes on different scales?

This is probably a stupid and naive question but: If I play the Cmaj chord on the C major scale I get the notes C-E-G. Now if I play the Cmaj chord on the C minor scale I get the notes C-Eb-G. So ...
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How to figure out which scale to play a specific chord in? [duplicate]

I am quite new to music theory so I might have the wrong view but from what I learned: With each key on the piano (ABCDEFG) you can construct a scale. So the E major scale, E# major scale, E minor ...
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How to know which key a song is written in with the same key signature?

How to know which key a song is written in with the same key signature ? For example, the C Lydian scale has the same key signature as G major (G Ionian) AND e (natural) minor (e Aeolian) which makes ...
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How do I choose the type of chord for an specific scale?

I'm just learning music theory and I already understand the scales formulas (minor, major, harmonic, melodic, pentatonic, modes, etc.) and chords formulas (min, maj, 7th, dim,etc) but what I can't ...
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What is the a way to borrow a minor #3 chord into a minor scale?

I need an Dm chord in a song I'm analyzing, which is in C#m, however the software I'm using (Hookpad/Hooktheory) doesn't support key signature changes and thus I have to work around this by borrowing ...
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playing a scale in different key than song

someone did some improv solos in cmaj scale while the rest of the song is being played in key of e minor. Why does this work? Saw a guy do it last night and he had no explanation either... Thanks
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Are intervals always used in the context of a scale?

Can an interval be a measure of absolute distance between any given note to another, or is it always used in the context of a scale, where each note in the scale has a corresponding interval value? ...
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Is there any way to find a key of song somehow mathematically/algorithmically?

There are many scales with different keys for the same notes. For example, with the notes C D E F G A B C, we can have: C major, C Ionian, A natural minor, D Dorian, E Phrygian, F Lydian, G ...
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What scale degrees form the most-used chords in a minor tonality?

We know that for songs written in a major tonality, the I, IV, V chords are the most used. The II chord is used often, the III and VI chords a slightly less often, and you almost never see the VII ...
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What actually constitutes a diatonic scale?

Trying to do my own homework here! I've read that only the standard major scale is diatonic. Also, I've read that the harmonic and melodic minor scales are also diatonic. Also I've read that the notes ...
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Modes of the “major scale” or modes of the “diatonic scale”?

I'm doing some studying and I think I have a solid grasp on how the diatonic scale was formed, and how it naturally has 7 modes depending on which note you declare to be the tonic. However, all over ...
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Confused about how to know the chord progression for each scale

Take this D major backing track for example The thing is, in this case, the D minor pentatonic doesn't sound very good if I play over that backing track. Although it ...
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Combining chords from relative keys

I came across the theme for flowers in the attic: Please forward to the main theme at 1:33. I'm trying to figure if it is using relative keys. It seems it uses a ...
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minor tetratonic scales

I've read somewhere that tetratonic scales have been extensively played in jazz from Lester Young to Mulgrew Miller. I understand they are derived from the melodic minor scale. Could anyone explain to ...
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learning scales on a piano

I've recently been practising on a piano (I usually play the guitar or the bass) to figure out what the pianist in our jazz band does and I must say I like it a lot (the heavy feel of the keys under ...
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What scales to play over A minor blues?

When I am playing an Am blues with a i-iv-V progression, at the time of the Dm7 chord, which note/scale should I use? On the Dm7 chord, can I change from the Am blues scale to a Dm scale? Or can I ...