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Understanding How The Major Scale Works Part I - STEFAN JOUBERT

Scales are the building blocks of music. They are like little bricks that we use to build a house!

The best way to describe the major scale is the following:

The Major Scale is the MOST USED scale in western music.
It has 7 unique and totally different notes..
They are certain EXACT distances away from each oter.
Understanding these distance is THE KEY to memorizing and understanding the major scale!

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCES IN DISTANCES:

In music we get a SEMITONE (half step). A semitone is the closest possible distance from one note to another. On the guitar it is fret 1 to 2, on the piano it is C to C#. (upwards or IT CAN ALSO BE DOWNWARDS)

The SEMITONE is the closest possible note next to another note - RIGHT NEXT TO ANOTHER!

The next CONCEPT IS THE TONE! (the whole step)

The tone is equal to 2 semitones... SO 2 closest notes away from each other.

OK, you get what I mean...

Now it is imperative to understand this:

THE MAJOR SCALE FORMULA (these numbers represents a lot of meaning)

The major scale is simply - 1234567(8) - the "8" is in brackets as it is essentially the same as 1 an octave up!

This is that formula in notes:

C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C

We get tons of formula (i.e. melodic min - 12b34567, harmonic - 12b345b67 and others.. maj scale is SIMPLY 1234567)

LET'S PUT THE FORUMLA INTO A VISUAL PRESENTATION:

IN THE KEY OF C (to kiss -> keep it simple for success!)

NOTE 1(c) - 2(d) (TONE)
NOTE 2(d) - 3(e) (TONE)
NOTE 3(e) - 4(f) (SEMITONE)
NOTE 4(f) - 5(g) (TONE)
NOTE 5(g) - 6(a) (TONE)
NOTE 6(a) - 7(b) (TONE)
NOTE 7(b) - 8(c) (SEMITONE)

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AHA as may have you noticed there is a SEMITONE between 3-4 and 7-8.

So In Other Words:
T = TONE
ST = SEMITONE

CAN BE REPRESENTED AS SUCH: T-T-ST-T-T-T-ST




Now if this sounds complex... YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MUST TRY IT ON YOUR INSTRUMENT!!!

If you don't try it on your instrument - you basically WON'T GET IT! - you are wasting time - go and play a video game or something! (by the way guitarists - play it on 1 string to understand it fully! - like the high E!)



GUITARISTS:

Let's play the scale on string 1 (high e) in F major (starting from fret 1)

Play it with 1 finger |*| |*| |*|*| |*| |*| |*|*| |


2 OF THE MOST TOP SECRET TRUTHS OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MAJOR SCALE

THIS IS TOP TOP TOP SECRET !!! shhhhhhhhhhhhh......

Don't tell anybody about it!


The 2 strongest tendencies in the major scale are:

  • For the 4 to move to 3
  • For the 7 to move to 8

In fact these 2 tendencies SUMS UP EVERYTHING DONE BY:

  1. Bach
  2. Mozart
  3. Yngwie Malmsteen
  4. John Coltrane
  5. Liszt
These tendencies create the following::

  1. V - I progressions (4+7 to 3+8) A PERFECT CADENCE!

  2. Tritones - play 4 and 7 together

  3. Suspended chords to major - (Guitarist - D SUS 4 to D Major = 4 to 3)

  4. Strongest Movement EVER 7-8 (FINALE!)

  5. Without THIS SECRET - WE would not have Mozart or even the beach boys!





Article by: Stefan Joubert
Stefan Joubert Stefan Joubert is an International World Class Musician, he has developed an extraordinary style of guitar playing, using both hands on the fingerboard similar to a keyboard player.




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