How to Study-Practice Scales: Scales as Chords

You are going to discover and rediscover that scales and chords are intimately inter-related. Knowing your chords helps you know your scales and knowing your scales helps you know your chords. Seeing these reciprocal melodic-harmonic relationships greatly facilitates reading, memorization, playing by ear, transposition, and improvisation.

Here, for example, are the DIATONIC TRIADS in the Bb Major Scale…

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Given a key center and scale type (major, minor, etc.), you should be able to identify and play the diatonic triad for each note in the scale. You should be able to name each chord by letter name and type (major, minor, diminished) and by using Roman Numeral notation… and be able to name the notes in each chord by letter name and Solfege syllable.

Study-Practice Idea: Play each chord as an arpeggio. As you play, say the chord name, and sing the letter name and sound name of each note out loud. Do this going either up or down the scale.


And here are the DIATONIC SEVENTH CHORDS in the Bb Major Scale…

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Given a key center and scale type (major, minor, etc.), you should be able to identify and play the diatonic seventh chord for each note in the scale. You should be able to name each chord by letter name and type (major seventh, minor seventh, dominant seventh, half-diminished) and by using Roman Numeral notation… and be able to name the notes in each chord by letter name and Solfege syllable.

LEARN MORE… How to Study-Practice Scales: Modes

About Frank J Peter

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