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.