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Old 08-24-2006, 03:11 PM   #1
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D# Major

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I was wondering what is sharp/flat in the D# Major scale. It's completly different from the Eb scale, as far as I know, So I was just wondering if you guys could help me out.

I tried it, and I got that A#, G#, and D# are the only sharps.
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:12 PM   #2
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Take the D major scale and sharp every note.

D major: D E F# G A B C#

D# major: D# E# Fx G# A# B# Cx
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:17 PM   #3
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That's pretty confusing. isn't E# the same as F and B# the same as C?
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:17 PM   #4
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:20 PM   #5
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Haha I just want to know if Kirby is correct or not because the note E# is the same note as F, and so is the note B# to C. Therefore, you can't create them in a major scale, or else it wouldn't be 7 notes long.
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:26 PM   #6
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B# is enharmonically equivalent to C and E# is enharmonically equivalent to F, but they're still legitmate notes theory-wise. Here's the D# major scale for the theory illiterate:

D# F G G# A# C D D#

Written like this though, the notes do not make up a scale at all though, because a scale must have one variation of each of the 7 base tones (ABCDEFG), hence why B# and E# are used in the scale.
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:27 PM   #7
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He's saying if you were to try and make it sharp, considering B, and C , and E , and F are just a semitone apart, so how would you do B#, or E#, wouldn't it just be F or C?? I am lost myself, I see what Ascendancy is asking though.
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:32 PM   #8
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Ascendancy is right, the only notes that are sharped are A#, G#, D#. I tried it, and thats what I got too.

http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/gu...=Major&get2=Get

Look.

You can find out the notes in a major key by finding its relative minor scale. Now a minor 3rd down from D# is C

C, C#, D, D#/Eb

So the D# major has the same notes as a C minor scale.

Apply the WHWWHW formula.

C D D# F G G# A#
w h w w h w

So rearrange the notes starting with D#

D# F G G# A# C D = D# major scale
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:39 PM   #9
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CkyFreak is wrong; D# F G G# A# C D is not a scale at all, but it is enharmonically equivalent to the D# major scale.

Also, the C minor scale has no sharps in it. The actual scale is C D Eb F G Ab Bb.

Which brings us back to the original poster: why are you choosing to spell the scale as D# instead of Eb. The D# major scale is generally considered obsolete, as the Eb major scale is much less confusing but enharmonically equivalent.

Eb major:
Eb F G Ab Bb C D
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yeah, I realize that, I just forgot to switch it over when I put it on here.
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:45 PM   #11
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From a theory point of view Kirby is correct. While you may think that you can do things like exchange B# for C and Gx for A, it messes other stuff up for theory. For example how could you build a E# triad if you dont have a Gx in your key? While the notes are enharmonically the same (played the same way on a fretboard) they have different implications.

And this is why no one really uses D# major, cuz it is a pain in the you know what!
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Old 08-24-2006, 04:37 PM   #12
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Ack. Gumby and kirby are correct.
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Thanks guys, this was insanely confusing, lol. But now i know to just stick to Eb
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Old 08-24-2006, 05:56 PM   #14
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I was wondering what is sharp/flat in the D# Major scale.
There is no such thing as a key of D# Major. Our system of notation allows a maximum of seven sharps (F# C# G# D# A# E# B#). We reach this limit of seven sharps with the key of C#. As you continue around the Circle of Fifths beyond C# there are no enharmonic tonalities.
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It's completly different from the Eb scale, as far as I know...
In fact, Eb Major has no enharmonic tonality. It's all we have available to us at this point on the Co5. In other words, there is no such thing as a D# Major tonality.
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I tried it, and I got that A#, G#, and D# are the only sharps.
You have, in fact, identified the enharmonic equivalents of Eb Major's three flats: Bb, Eb and Ab.
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To add a little more information to what gpb0216 just said, the only three enharmonic key signatures that follow the "no more than 7 sharps or flats rule" are C#/Db, F#/Gb, B/Cb.


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Oh Pesci help me!!!!!!!!!!! E#/Fb and B#/Cb do not exist, at all, ever, strike them from your musical vocabulary or so help me it's baseball bats and cornfields. My theory proffesor would've had a heart attack hearing us discuss this in class.
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Old 08-25-2006, 10:09 AM   #17
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^E# is enharmonic to F, not Fb, and B# is enharmonic to C, not Cb.
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Old 08-25-2006, 10:14 AM   #18
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E = Fb
E# = F

B = Cb
B# = C
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Oh Pesci help me!!!!!!!!!!! E#/Fb and B#/Cb do not exist, at all, ever, strike them from your musical vocabulary or so help me it's baseball bats and cornfields. My theory proffesor would've had a heart attack hearing us discuss this in class.
You and your so-called "theory professor" are very badly mistaken if you believe that E#, Fb, B# and Cb do not exist.

On the theoretical level, one has only to examine the Co5 to see that, not only do they exist, they merit their own sharp or flat in the keys of...
F# major / D# minor (E#)
C# major / A# minor (E# and B#)
Gb major / Eb minor (Cb)
Cb major / Ab minor (Cb and Fb)

On a practical level, pick up a copy of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (volume one or two, it doesn't matter), the Chopin Nocturnes or Etudes, or the Beethoven Sonatas, to name just a tiny portion of the literature. You will get very tired of counting before you reach the end of the E#s, Fbs, B#s and Cbs.

If you paid for this "theory instruction" you should demand your money back.
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Oh Pesci help me!!!!!!!!!!! E#/Fb and B#/Cb do not exist, at all, ever, strike them from your musical vocabulary or so help me it's baseball bats and cornfields. My theory proffesor would've had a heart attack hearing us discuss this in class.


as gpb said, your theory professor knows zippo theory if he ever told you that. Enharmonics are very important to the understanding of music beyond boxes.


E# and F sound the same, but you can't play a C# major scale without E#. You can't build an F# major scale. Well jeez, you can't call the major 7th for F# F.


That's what makes it a diatonic scale. Diatonic means that there are no Fs and then F#s. It means there is a maximum of one occurence of the note, basically.
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