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Questions tagged [scales]

For questions about playing, understanding, or studying scales.

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Why is there a relationship between the diatonic semitone and the perfect fifth and between the chromatic semitone and the perfect fourth? [closed]

I have recently been struggling with the derivation of the diatonic and chromatic semitones. I have laid out my detailed thinking below. In short, there appears to be a relationship between the ...
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Daylight between each note

Pat Cloud's "Key to Five-String Banjo" is a book of scale exercises. Before the first exercise, Mr. Cloud writes (emphasis mine): Always start slowly and increase speed on each exercise only when ...
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Half-diminished pentatonic scale?

The traditional minor pentatonic scale heard in jazz contains these scale tones: 1 ♭3 4 5 ♭7. For example, in Cmin, this would be C E♭ F G B♭. By contrast, the major pentatonic scale has these scale ...
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What scales can you get modes from?

I know the modes from the major scale pretty well, and I've come to know that other scales like the melodic minor scales also has modes. So my question is, what other scales can modes be based off of ...
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The effect of removing the seventh from the minor scale

Recently, I have been listening to a piece of music that extensively uses runs on the minor scale, but without the seventh note of the scale, i.e., the perfect fifth relative to the Ionian. (For ...
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Should scales start on 4th natural?

The Pythagorean system of tuning produces, via succeeding 3/2 multiples of a base note (e.g., C), the following set of successive tone ratios: C to D: 9/8 D to E: 9/8 E to F: 256/243 F to G: 9/8 G to ...
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Why can't we identify melodic minor as a minor tonality?

I was reading a book (Murat Yakin's Starter's Guide to Music Theory and Analysis), and I came to this part, which I think is incorrect. It mentions that the melodic minor scale has only one minor ...
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What is the Arabian Scale in the key of G? What instruments are tuned to the Arabian Scale?

I read about a Native American Flute tuned to the Arabian Scale in the key of G. I know the NAF is tuned to a pentatonic scale but am not familiar with the Arabian Scale. Does it have 5 notes? 7 notes?...
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Rules For Using Chords In Minor Scales [duplicate]

I find that when I'm creating a chord progression from the harmonic minor scale that using all of its native chords sound weird. I'm specifically talking about the III augmented chord. Using III as a ...
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In a music scale why C ? why not D♭♭ or B♯? [duplicate]

Theoretical speaking how can I tell the correct scale name between these three scales? B♯ ==> C <== D♭♭ ?
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What scale contains the pattern - Root, +2, +1, +3, +1, +2, +1, +2?

Intervals (relative to previous note): Root, +2, +1, +3, +1, +2, +1, +2 (Root again) Example: A, B, C, D#, E, F#, G I happened to come across this scale pattern while playing scales on guitar and ...
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can natural, harmonic and melodic minor (melodically and harmonically) be used together? [duplicate]

can the natural, melodic and harmonic minor be used all together in the same phrasing regarding the melody and the harmony? so if I ascend in natural minor can i descend in harmonic minor.and why can'...
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Using F major chord on a song in the key of G

So I was looking at the chords of a simple song in G major scale. The only 3 chords it's using are G, C and F, all major. i don't understand from where you get the Fmaj? if it was F#min, that makes ...
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Does this exercise combine minor scale forms in proper classical style?

I made a little piano exercise for descending scales in the left hand. It is in a minor key. When the scale leads into the tonic chord I use the natural minor scale, when the scale leads to the ...
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What is the Term for diatonic scale usage for a non diatonic chord?

Lets say im in c major and i play a standard 1-6-4-5-1 progression. But on the second time around i play 1-6-4-#5-5-1. The #5 chord is obviously an Ab flat major/ G# major, and i know many scales can ...
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What key to use for a certain meaning or theme in the song?

I know this might be considered a very vague question, but I don't know where else to go. I've started songwriting recently and I'm still a beginner. I was wondering, what key(s) should I write my ...
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Scale Shapes or Patterns

I'm really confused with this. The CAGED system. It talks about scale patterns, 1,2,3,4,5. And then calls a given pattern or position the "E" shape for example, or G, or A, whatever. Does that ...
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What scale is this

Hi guys I found this scale whilst playing and I really like it st t t t t st t st: semitone t: tone (whole step) Not sure if this is an altered mode or a scale. Any clues ?
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Why is a bourdon tone added to this Von Bingen antiphone?

Consider the antiphone Spiritus sanctus vivificans vita of Hildegard Von Bingen [sound, score] In the recording, in addition to the notated voice, one note is held throughout the antiphone. Why is ...
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Is Natural minor actually a scale?

I'm fairly new to music, I've had no actual theory lessons and have only recently started piano, but since the beginning I was aware of major and minor scales. I was under the impression that there ...
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Melodic Minor Modes

Do modes exist in the harmonic / melodic minor scales? This question needs to be brought back to life. The answer to the question above is wrong... the chart is right, but the answer is wrong... ...
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What collection is this?

Does the following collection represent a Gregorian chant mode, or is it a scale? (cf. "How to know if it's a mode or scale?" or these resources on the 8 modes of chant)
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Tips on Memorizing Chords that are in Different Scales

I'm looking for complete freedom when I'm playing. I hate constantly being stuck in one key. One of the best sounding ways I've found to modulate from key to key is by playing a predominant diatonic ...
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Do you have to use all notes in a particular scale

Im new, and I'm confused as to how to put a melody together. If I want to do something with the E major scale for example, does it matter on which note I start, and can I only use a few of the notes? ...
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What is the “Devil's Note” and why is it called that? [duplicate]

I think it's something to do with the flatted 5th but I can't figure it out.
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Are chord transitions and strumming patterns necessary for learning lead guitar?

I've only recently begun picking up guitar (barely over a week ago) with the intention of learning to play lead parts and solos of songs I like. I have been learning chords and scales and how they ...
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How can I keep the wrists relaxed when playing staccato octaves?

I am currently learning the Polonaise in A flat major Op. 53 by Frédéric Chopin performance by Horowitz. It works quite well, except for the middle part (beginning in 3:15) where I'm struggling to ...
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What is the parent major scale of F sharp minor seventh flat 5

Would anybody know the parent major scale of F sharp minor 7 flat 5?
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What is the name of the scale containing A, Bb, C#, D, E, F?

I found that there are six notes that sound curious and inspiring to my ears, namely A, Bb, C#, D, E, F. But I am not aware of any named scales that have these six particular notes. So my question is:...
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Is this a harmonic riff?

Here's the riff. For me a harmonic riff sounds harmonic. Without any thinking about the theory I can hear it most of the times. But in this case I'm not sure. Especially G 1 sounds a little bit off. ...
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Playing scales over I IV V progression

Playing over a diatonic I - IV - V progression in the key of C, one could use C Ionian over the I chord , F Lydian over the IV and G Mixolydian over the V. Of course these modes are just the notes of ...
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What do P1 M2 M3 P4… mean when describing scale intervals?

I have seen scale intervals described using P1 M2 M3 P4 etc and it's not clear what the P and M mean. I am guessing the M means major because I've also seen lower case m which probably means minor. ...
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I want to be as good at guitar as a session player [closed]

After more months than I care to admit, I finally learned the five pentatonic scale shapes and am trying to make my mind and fingers know all the intervals. But how can I put them to use in a musical ...
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What's the name of this scale/mode?

I have seen this scale on a handpan and now I'm asking the name of the scale/mode that consists of the notes C# / G#, Bb, B C#, D#, F, F#, G# B ?
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Major scale picking

I am practicing major scales on guitar(2 notes per string). Going from String Low E to high E, I move my pick downward for 1st note and upward for 2nd note of the string. My question is what should be ...
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Chord progressions fluctuations

I'm sill in the learning process for chords progressions, so I'm sorry in advance if my questions are simplistic for some advanced musicians. I've watched several harmonic analysis (Youtube, websites....
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Chord progressions/ Root key/ Melodies [closed]

I'm just starting and I know just the basic stuff, I can't get chord progressions and I have a couple questions. How do I know what progression can I do. I know that there are major and minor scales ...
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Right approach to learn major and minor scales

What is the right approach to learn major and minor scales. 1) Learn C major and then A minor, G Major and then E minor, D Major and then B minor - Notes are same in major and minor in this pattern. ...
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Can any song in a major key be performed in C major?

Let's say we have a song in a major key. My understanding is that performing different songs in different major keys just makes the song either higher or lower in pitch. And that's just about the only ...
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What are some of the underlying harmonies/scales behind this type of songs?

Recently, I came across an album by a guitarist that sounded quite "exotic" and wanted to know more about the theory behind the sounds. Some interesting phrases: 2:00,...
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How to spell half whole dim scale?

How do I spell these scales? I know there are three of them, but I don't know the accepted way to spell them. It's an 8 note scale so I assume one note is doubled. Which one?
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Are these “standard” piano fingerings for the blues scale?

I came up with fingerings for the blues scale in both hands. All the scales use finger groupings of 4 + 2. The scales are grouped by tonics: white keys, black keys, and F L.H. and B R.H. I ...
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What's the name of the scale/mode that consists of the notes C,C#,E,F,G,G#, and A#?

Sorry if I'm not using the right terminology. (I am self taught and mostly just fiddle around in a DAW). I happened upon this scale / mode but I don't know what it's called. C,C#,E,F,G,G#,A#
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Scales and corresponding Chords

I am learning to play a keyboard(Noob stage) and I am reading a book regarding the same. It is written that a scale is basically a TONE TONE SEMITONE TONE TONE TONE SEMITONE pattern so if I want to ...
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How to Mark the Fretboard without damaging the guitar?

I want to mark the fretboard, so that I can easily identify the notes of the scale. For example, I want to mark the notes of the C scale on the fretboard so that I can easily play it without trying to ...
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I am another plateau victim

I could use some advise from an advanced musician (I am a guitar player, who could have guessed). I have reached a plateau, I am trying to write music, I will occasionally noodle around and hear ...
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How to apply guitar scale patterns to make music? [closed]

I've learnt 5 major scale patterns so far, but I don't understand how to apply them to make music.
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How do I improve my muscle memory for playing piano?

I'm a pianist, but I'm not too comfortable playing on the black keys of the piano. I am comfortable in playing C scale or Am scale. Can you suggest any exercises or a musical piece which can be used ...
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What should I practice to become a good soloist? [closed]

I bought an electric guitar 4 month's ago. I started learning scales and such, but I don't understand why is it good, or important.
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So… 84 modal scales vs actual practice and usage

So if I understand correctly we have 12 major scales x 7 modes = 84 possible scales. That is taking aside melodic and harmonic and pentatonic and blue scales. I understand this is all derived from ...