# Scales

Music Theory
 frizzelfur 20 Jul 2007 14:03 | Quote Posts: 2 I'm just starting to understand the whole music theory thing, and I'm confused when it says: "Scale - Spanish Gypsy 1,b2,3,4,5,b6,b7" What does that line of numbers after the scale name mean?
 Doz 20 Jul 2007 15:01 | Quote Joined: way backUnited Kingdom Karma: 10 It's the way you construct the scale. I think it's in relation to the major scale (can't say for sure, I use diagrams and remember the patterns most of the time). So... the first note will be the root (eg - G if your playing in the key of G). The second note will be the flat second (instead of A, which is the second inthe major scale, it will be Ab which is A flat in the key of G). The third note will be the natural 3rd note in the major scale - B. The fourth note will the the natural 4th note in the major scale - C. ...and so on... if it's # it'll mean sharp the note (half step up) of course.
 Guitarslinger124 25 Jul 2007 23:58 | Quote Joined: 25 Jul 2007United States Lessons: 12Licks: 42Karma: 38 Moderator the numbers are simply refering to notes in the scale... 1 being the root note, 2 the next note and so on...but i have to agree with Doz...diagrams are the way to go...
 Doz 26 Jul 2007 08:32 | Quote Joined: way backUnited Kingdom Karma: 10 I don't agree with my method. I think it's probably best to learn by intervals over steps and memorizing diagrams. It might seem harder at first... but then you'll only ever need that line of numbers to learn and create a massive number of scales.
 Guitarslinger124 26 Jul 2007 16:34 | Quote Joined: 25 Jul 2007United States Lessons: 12Licks: 42Karma: 38 Moderator to each his own i guess...
 Guitarslinger124 26 Jul 2007 17:16 | Quote Joined: 25 Jul 2007United States Lessons: 12Licks: 42Karma: 38 Moderator i must add though...that no matter what key you are in...you can pretty much play any note along with it...if you think about all the different scales and even more so, all the different variations of those scales that exist in every key...you pretty much cover every note there is...
 Doz 26 Jul 2007 18:32 | Quote Joined: way backUnited Kingdom Karma: 10 Some are going to sound dissonant though, and even though I like my fair share of dischordant music, it's not really pleasant to many people's ear. Plus... it'll all just sound random if you're scale skipping like mad.
 Guitarslinger124 26 Jul 2007 20:31 | Quote Joined: 25 Jul 2007United States Lessons: 12Licks: 42Karma: 38 Moderator hehe...but of course....there are ways to do it...i try to find where each scale cross over or what notes are the same and switch there...
 bodom 27 Jul 2007 07:04 | Quote Joined: way backCanada Lessons: 4Karma: 5 I have to dissagree man You cant play any note in any Key... As soon as you step out side the 7 notes in that Key...well then your stepping outside that Key.. Now you can step out to cause tension but then you bring yourself right back into the Key again to resolve that tension. If you play any notes its not going to sound good.
 Doz 27 Jul 2007 10:04 | Quote Joined: way backUnited Kingdom Karma: 10 Yeah, I completely agree. If it works for you though... I guess you should keep going.