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Questions tagged [scales]

For questions about playing, understanding, or studying scales.

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Play a scale across the whole neck of the guitar

I have learned all the boxes, of let's say, the major scale. How do i play this across the whole fretboard? When people solo, they play a scale across the neck. So how i do this? Everyone that i know ...
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“Tonal Tones” and “Modal Tones” - what do they mean?

Robert Rawlins in his Jazzology: The Encyclopedia of Jazz Theory for All Musicians shows this chart, in his discussion about the modes of the major scale: Rawlins doesn't seem to offer a clear ...
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What is the strict definition of any chord in the world?

I tried to look for something clear and unambiguous but I can't find it, or I'm missing something simple. The questions is: What do all chords have in common, and is there a set of rules allowing to ...
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Why does this tune sound “Bluesy” and yet doesnt belong to the blues scale

Watch this video between 00:00 and 2:33. All the single notes he plays seems to belong to the blues scale. Yet, there are three notes he plays during those first 2 ...
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Major scale of one note is the Minor scale of another note?

I am learning guitar at the moment and I learned the major scale. Then I checked the minor scale and the positions are the same! Not only that, the C major scale is the same as the A minor scale. So ...
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How to train my ear only by listening?

I am in a bit of an odd situation: I need to sing for my church choir but I don't have regular access to a place where I can sing out loud without bothering others (it's a long story). However, I have ...
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Is the dominant tone of a major scale halfway in frequency between the tonic and octave?

Is the dominant tone of a major scale halfway in frequency between the tonic and octave? If so is this why it functions as it does? ... because it's sounds less dissonant to the tonic?
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Can an F# replace an A?

I play the bass in a band. We are playing Ray LaMontagne's "A Falling Through." The chords for the intro and verses are C/G and F, but our guitarist prefers playing C Cmaj7 Am and F. The problem ...
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What is the name of the scale E, F#, G, A, B, C, D#?

I am fairly new to music theory, and I came across this kind of scale from a piano piece. From what I can tell, this is just e minor with a sharp d. What would this scale be called?
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Can there be intermediate musical pitches between semitones?

As we all know, the standard music keyboard consists of 12 basic notes: C, C♯, D, D♯, E, F, F♯, G, G♯, A, A♯, and B. My question is, can there be any intermediate notes? For example, the note after ...
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(“Natural”?) Scales… How many are possible, etc

Recently I have increased my study of musical scales with ever more detail. One thing that confuses me a certain term I use "natural." Most scales have the same pattern of intervals ascending as it is ...
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Having a set of notes from a song how can I find out the right key which is written in, from the possible ones (considering modes) that fit those?

Having a set of notes that fit in both the G major scale and D mixolydian scale how can I find out which key is it in? What if it's hard to even find the tonic, because maybe it is rarely used?
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Evil Twins? Modes vs Mirrors

I noticed that the algorithm for Phyrgian mode is the mirror image of that for Ionian: (Numbers indicate count of chromatic tones - 'semitones') Ionian: Root->2-2-1-2-2-2-1:Root Phyrgian: ...
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What's the logic behind chords building patterns that are in key?

I've found multiple resources on the internet that give you this pattern for building chords in a key, i.e. for the Major Scale: 1st Major, 2nd minor, 3rd minor, 4th Major, 5th Major, 6th minor, 7th ...
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Scale Chords are different. Why?

So I saw this chart: http://guitarteacher.com/2009/02/17/major-scale-chords-guitar-keys-of-caged/ Now I am asking myself: if you take a simple chord with 1-3-5, why do they look different in ...
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Minor scale pattern played on Guitar

What is the pattern for pentatonic minor scales, I know that the pattern for major scales is "W W H WWW H. So what is the pattern in that short-hand for the minor scales?
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Certain frets sound good with respect to one another

A while ago I found an electric guitar. I've just been making up my own stuff on it, and I haven't been reading any tab, or playing chords or anything. But I found myself curious of something. ...
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Why wasn't the actual “semitone” taken as the unit and therefore called “a tone”?

A more practical formulation of the question is "Why do we count by tones, instead of semitones?", but its meaning could be misinterpreted; the target of the question is actually on the concept of "1 ...
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Carl Flesch or Galamian for cello

Former violinist turned cellist here. Is there an equivalent scale system or collection of exercises for cello? I see editions of Carl Flesch and Galamian scale systems transposed for cello but I get ...
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What scales and or modes are used in rebetiko?

What scales and / or modes are traditionally used in rebetiko music?
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How do you play a scale “in sixths” or “in thirds”?

I have developed a new interest in music after many years, so I am brushing up on old stuff that I have long forgotten. I'm watching some instructional videos which discuss "playing a scale in ...
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What is the name of this scale?

I was noodling around on a piano (I'm not a real pianist) and I came up with this scale, which I liked: C-Db-E-F-G-Ab-Bb What is the name of this scale? Does it have a common name such as we find ...
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Why are C♯ and D♭ different frequencies?

I am a music enthusiast, and I was recently reading What is the difference between equivalent Flat and Sharp keys as far as musical notation? Are there any reasons to prefer one over the other? This ...
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The theory behind western pentatonic scales

I'm curious about a more in-depth explanation as to why the major and minor pentatonic scales are prevalent in the western music tradition (Yes, i make a claim here that some might consider debatable. ...
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Distinguishing the semantics of modes and scales. When to say scale vs. when to say mode?

Correct me if I am wrong: While scales are different from modes, they can share the same notes (C major and D dorian). However, they can completely shift its tonality. Say I play a melody in C Ionian, ...
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Are intervals like major 3rd, minor 3rd, and major 2nd all based on the scales, or are they based on how many semitones they have?

Are intervals like major 3rd, minor 3rd, and major 2nd all based on the scales, or are they based on how many semitones they have? I ask this question because if I play the C major scale, and I ...
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memorizing scales in playing guitar?

I am a beginner in learning guitar, I'm struggling with the guitar theory. Some tell me one of the most important things is scale and its modes, degrees. It is admittable but I wonder if I have to ...
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Is C-7 chord associated with one of the three minor scales?

I'm writing questions on index cards to help me study music theory. Some of the questions I make up, including this one: "What minor scale is the jazz chord C–7 associated with?" I believe the ...
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Is a pure minor scale the same as natural minor? Do they mean the same thing?

I'm reading a book on music theory and it says The harmonic minor scale is one of three traditional forms of minor scale. They are: "pure minor scale" occurs as the 6th mode of a a major scale. ...
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Most used scales in Jazz [closed]

Beginner here trying to figure out which Jazz scales should be studied first. The Jazz scale wikipedia entry give a pretty good overview of the main scales used in Jazz. However, there are so many of ...
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How many different scales based on the modes are there?

Beginner here. So far, I have understood that a scale is an ordered subset of the twelve main notes. Consequently, a scale can be described by a pattern of half steps and whole steps along with a ...
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What are the full set of chords allowed in a Double Harmonic scale?

I have recently discovered Double Harmonic scales and love them. Particularly the major. I'm having a lot of fun improvising melodies but I can't seem to make any chord progressions that work. It ...
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Best attack when practicing the Segovia Scales

I studied classical guitar for two years but that was 25 years ago. I want to do it more seriously this time and I got the methods that I started with which include the First, Second and Third lessons ...
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Should I practice minor scales by knowing relative major?

Just doing some practice on minor scales. When I play minor scales, should I just know off the top of my head what the relative major scale is and then play the notes, or should I see the minor scale ...
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What is this scale? Possibly an Indian Raga [duplicate]

I have come across a scale which to me sounds very Indian. I thought perhaps it was some sort of Raga, however I can't identify which one. Its "key signature" is two sharps and two flats: I've been ...
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How do I approach music theory practically?

I am an amateur bass guitar player. At some point I decided to do something about my lack of theory knowledge. Now I know a few basic scales and can read sheet music in simple keys (from zero to one ...
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Augmented dominant seventh chord = what scale?

An easy example: C+7 = C E G# Bb What scale would this thing come from? When playing it it sounds lydian to me, not so much dominant. Same notes rewritten: E+7#11 = E G# B# A# my best guess ...
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What's the value of modes?

Let's say we have a progression where all of the chords fit within traditional diatonic harmony. Maybe something like this: | E♭Maj♯11 | Cmin7 | F7 | B♭Maj | All of these chords fit ...
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What mode to use over this progression?

I am currently starting to understand the theory behind music and I'm trying to figure out the best approach to playing modes over chord progressions. I have to play a song where the bridge ...
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Is there a resource that list every scale existed in all keys in music [closed]

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_musical_scales_and_modes In the wikipedia page it shows them all in the key of C but i've been wanting to list them like: "C Major - C D E F G A B" But not ...
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C Dorian is useful when playing over Cm7-F7, a chord progression that has an A note. What's the correlation?

http://taooftunings.com/book/major-scale-modes-and-chords/ I read from the above site about major-scale-modes-and-chords and it's talking about the Dorian scale. Dorian C – D – Eb – F – G – A – Bb – ...
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Non-classical Scale: What Kind of Scale is This? [closed]

A neat sounding scale. Any ideas what it might be called? Five tones before repeating at the octave, so I suppose it must be pentatonic of some kind D# - G - A - B(half flat) - B(half sharp) - d#
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Why is there more than one major/minor scale in use? [duplicate]

Sorry if this is a silly question, I'm a total newbie to music and trying to wrap my head around things. :) From what I've learned, there is a pattern to all major/minor scales. For example, a major ...
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Available Tensions for Modal Scale Degrees

I have a bit of a tricky topic here. I've been getting into bebop progressions, and I'm really enjoying myself. However the one thing I was missing was those nice lush chords you come by every so ...
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Practicing piano scales

I am a late adult learner, learning piano for around 7-8 months. My tutor and I take a free wheeling approach towards my learning and cover books like John Thomson's Teaching Little Fingers to Play (...
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Why C Major and D Major has different structure?

According to this resource http://www.theguitarwoodshed.com/scales-list C Major is [ C D E F G A B C ] and D Major is [ D E F# G A B C C# ]. Why D Major ends with C# but not D? Structure of C Major ...
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Why to learn more than one scale positions

This is a question i ask time and time again and no one is able to answer it. Why to learn more than one scale positions (boxes) on the guitar? Every box sounds exactly the same! People say i can ...
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Do all scales of A start with note A?

This is the list of scales of A from wikipedia, Here we see that all scales of A starts with note A. From this observation, is it correct to assume that all scales of A should always start with note ...
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The Sound of Music: Do Re Mi on Guitar

When I first learned the major scale on the guitar with standard tuning, I was reminded of Do Re Mi from the Sound of Music and that song is apparently in the key of C when I look for sheet music. ...
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What is the relationship between certain semitones and intervals? [closed]

There appears to be a relationship between the diatonic semitone and the perfect fifth and a relationship between the chromatic semitone and the perfect fourth, but I am not sure why. Specifically: *...