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what's the 'b' in the scales description?

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koob  
3 Jul 2006 16:54 | Quote
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Hi there! This could be glaringly obvious but i can't work it out.. if you go to the scales page, select pentatonic minor in A you get this in the description:

1,b3,4,5,b7

I assumed 1=A, so therefore 2=A# 3=B etc but that doesn't seem to be the case...

can anyone explain?

cheers!

Koob
Wiard  
4 Jul 2006 05:54 | Quote
Posts: 3
Hi! The numbering is derived from the (regular) Major scale. A Major goes: 1=a, 2=b, 3=cis. In a Minor scale the third gets flat (3=c). That's where the b stands for - a flat third.
lisa  
4 Jul 2006 08:30 | Quote
Posts: 10
Hi

don't know if this is going to help you but try using this link for the scales

http://www.chordbook.com/guitarscales.php

hope it helps you

lisa
Moonlit  
8 Jul 2006 22:02 | Quote
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A Major scale:
A,B,C#,D,E,F#,G#
1,2,3 ,4,5,6 ,7

Am Pentatonic:(1,b3,4,5,b7)
A,C,D,E,G
Moonlit  
8 Jul 2006 22:03 | Quote
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They never line up..sorry.
koob  
17 Jul 2006 17:08 | Quote
Posts: 2
thanks for the tips, I worked it out on a piece of paper I think... it seems simple enough, 1=a, b2=a#, 2=b, b3=c etc. till 7 (g#)

bit weird though

Moonlit  
30 Jul 2006 05:23 | Quote
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You only use each letter once, while writing out scale degrees. You need to know what notes a given scale has, before you can apply an interval formula to it.


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