Scales: C Major

Mastering the Major Scale is absolutely essential for your development as a musician because it is so widely used in music around the world and because it provides a rock-solid foundation upon which to build a rich network of scale and chord mastery.

C Major Scale: Notation & Keyboard Layout…

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Ear Training

Reading and singing the Solfege syllables out loud is a very effective way to internalize the unique sound-feeling of each note in a musical scale. Here are are some suggested patterns for doing so, but first listen to Frank model how to use these studies effectively…

C Major Scale: Linear

Ascending…

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Descending…

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Tip: It is absolutely essential that you sing these out loud. Do you hear and feel the unique pull of Ti toward Do going up and the unique attraction of Re toward Do going down?


C Major Scale: Do-X-Do

Ascending…

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Tip: At first, it’s okay to play the notes on the piano as you sing, but the ultimate goal is to be able to hear-feel each note in your mind’s ear without help from your instrument.


C Major Scale: Broken Thirds

Ascending…

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Descending…

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Tip: It is critically important that you play and sing these studies slowly enough to allow the sound-feelings to make an impression on your mind’s ear.


C Major Scale: Triplets

Ascending…

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Descending…

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Tip: Do not try to hear the interval between successive notes. It’s okay if you do, but be receptive to the unique sound-feeling of each note with respect to the key center Do.


C Major Scale: Diatonic Triads

Ascending…

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Descending…

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Tip: Many other patterns are possible as well, but at this point your time is better spent going right to the kinds of music that YOU want to play for your study-practice material.

About Frank J Peter

A uniquely burdened and blessed citizen of the world thinking and acting out loud!
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