Category Archives: Scales

Piano Technique: Fingering: Right Hand Fingering Patterns: Major Scales

Using the Major Scale as an example, enjoy this fresh approach for simplifying the way we think about Scale Fingering. By taking advantage of large-scale patterns and not by getting bogged down in the details, we are going to eliminate the … Continue reading

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Study Aid Upload: The Dorian Scale in 12 Keys

Downloadable PDF showing notation, keyboard layout, key signature, letter names, scale degrees, and solfege… The Dorian Scale in 12 Keys

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Study Aid Upload: The Mixolydian Scale in 12 Keys

Downloadable PDF showing notation, keyboard layout, key signature, letter names, scale degrees, and solfege… The Mixolydian Scale in 12 Keys

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Study Aid Upload: The Natural Minor Scale in 12 Keys

Downloadable PDF showing notation, keyboard layout, key signature, letter names, scale degrees, and solfege… The Natural Minor Scale in 12 Keys

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Study Aid Upload: The Major Scale in 12 Keys

Downloadable PDF showing notation, keyboard layout, key signature, letter names, scale degrees, and solfege… The Major Scale in 12 Keys

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Scales: A Video Tour of the Natural Minor Scale in 12 Keys

This video lesson explores the Natural Minor Scale in four ways: 1) the visio-spatial layout of the keyboard, 2) the letter names of the notes, 3) the sound names (Solfege) of the notes, and 4) ear training by singing out … Continue reading

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Scales: A Video Tour of the Major Scale in 12 Keys

This video lesson explores the Major Scale in four ways: 1) the visio-spatial layout of the keyboard, 2) the letter names of the notes, 3) the sound names (Solfege) of the notes, and 4) ear training by singing out loud.

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Scales: A Non-Linear View

A scale is so much more than a string of notes that go up and down in “steps”. Every scale is a musical pattern that is rich in harmonic relationships. Each scale is a palette of sound-feelings that have various … Continue reading

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Scales: A Harmonic View

Although scales are typically conceptualized and taught as linear, melodic constructs, it is important to realize that a scale is as much a harmonic pattern as it is a melodic pattern. A scale is so much more than a sequence … Continue reading

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Scales: C Japanese Scale

Compare the Japanese Scale to the C Middle Eastern Scale. Notice the dramatic effect of removing two notes: E (Mi) and B (Ti), creating a whole new flavor that is instantly recognized as Japanese!

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