- To profoundly understand the role that scales play in the function of music, both melodically and harmonically.
- To think about pitches in functional, not absolute terms.
- To develop Relative Pitch (RP), the ability to comprehend and perceive pitch relationships in functional terms with respect to key center.
Links to Lessons
- Why Study Scales?
- What is a Scale?
- Scale Structure: The Number System
- Scale Structure: The Solfege System
- Number System or Solfege?
- Solfege and the Notion of Keys
- Melodic Analysis: The Beauty of Solfege
- Analysis of Familiar Melodies Using Solfege
Ways to Know a Scale
Scale Types: Theory & Ear Training
An exploration of some common and exotic scale types, all in the key of C…
- C Major
- C Natural Minor || C Melodic Minor || C Harmonic Minor
- C Mixolydian || C Dorian
- C Major Pentatonic || C Minor Pentatonic
- C Minor Blues || C Major Blues
- C Middle Eastern || C Japanese
Commonly-Used Scales in 12 Keys
Downloadable PDFs showing notation, keyboard layout, key signature, letter names, scale degrees, and solfege…
- The Major Scale in 12 Keys
- The Natural Minor Scale in 12 Keys
- The Mixolydian Scale in 12 Keys
- The Dorian Scale in 12 Keys
- Scales: A Harmonic View
- Scales: A Non-Linear View
- A Video Tour of The Major Scale in 12 Keys
- A Video Tour of The Natural Minor Scale in 12 Keys
Check out the Study Aids page on the main menu for tons of multi-media resources that will help you study-practice your scales and solfege!