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Question on Scales

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2palms  
28 Feb 2006 17:50 | Quote
Posts: 4
I have taken music lessons before, and from what I learned is major scales are whole-whole-half-whole-whole-half-whole etc, so how do you read 1,b3,4,b5,5,b7 like in the pentatonic blues scales, that would mean in a E scale it would be, E,Gb,A,Bb,B,Db? But thats not what is listed, anyone have help reading the 1,b3,4,b5,5,b7 in the blues pentatonic?
08machine  
4 Mar 2006 12:01 | Quote
Posts: 7
actually your slightly off in your own calclations. Your b3 is actually G not Gb and your flat 7th you read as diminished your minor 7th is actually D. The formula is correct.
gtrguru  
6 Mar 2006 10:27 | Quote
Posts: 15
Hi 2palms,

Here's my '2cents' on your dilemma...

I had a really good guitar teacher years ago who impressed on me the importance of memorizing your major scale spellings. So I did and I am so happy that I did! It is a little work and effort on your part, but it pays off in the long run. To not memorize them is like a wannabe mathematician who didn't bother memorizing his multiplication tables! anyway...

Here are the spellings for your major scales. Repeat them over & over. Choose just 1 a day to master and sooner then you think, you'll have them all 'down cold'! -

I've listed & grouped these spellings in what I believe is a good order for memorization...

key spelling
C C D E F G A B C (NO #s OR bs)

(sharp keys:)
key spelling
G G A B C D E F#G (1 SHARP - F)
D D E F#G A B C#D (2 #s - F,C)
A A B C#D E F#G#A (3 #s - F,C,G)
E E F#G#A B C#D#E (4 #s - F,C,G,D)
B B C#D#E F#G#A#B (5 #s - F,C,G,D,A)
F# F#G#A#B C#D#E#F#(6 #s - F,C,G,D,A,E,B)
C# C#D#E#F#G#A#B#C# (ALL NOTES ARE #...)

(flat keys:)
key spelling
F F G A BbC D E F (1 FLAT - B)
Bb BbC D EbF G A Bb (2 b's - B,E)
Eb EbF G AbBbC D Eb (3 b's - B,E,A)
Ab AbBbC DbEbF G Ab (4 b's - B,E,A,D)
Db DbEbF GbAbBbC Db (5 b's - B,E,A,D,G)
Gb GbAbBbCbDbEbF Gb (6 b's - B,E,A,D,G,C)
Cb CbDbEbFbGbAbBbCb (ALL NOTES ARE b...)

and there they are!...

Observations for memorization:
'C' is ALL or NOTHING...+
'G' has 1 # which is F; 'Gb' has all notes flatted EXCEPT for F...
Sharp keys do not contain flats; Flat keys do not contain sharps...

I have more observations then I have time to write them, so look for your own...

1 last thing, choose a 'scale spelling of the day' and recite it out loud, over & over, until you just know it!!! (not that tough!...)Have fun.

Good luck!
2palms  
15 Mar 2006 14:38 | Quote
Posts: 4
Thanks gtrguru, your posts are alot of help.


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