#1
I am having a hard time understanding this. Can someone please give me a detailed explaination?
#2
Quote by MaddMann274
I am having a hard time understanding this. Can someone please give me a detailed explaination?


Do you know about diatonic scales? (The natural major and minor scales with repeating 7-note cycles or octaves)

The circle of 5ths starts with Cmaj and it's relative minor (Amin-no flats and no sharps). The next one down is the Gmaj/Emin scales, which has 1 sharp (F#) and G is the 5th note in the Cmaj scale. You then find the 5th note in the Gmaj scale, which is D. Dmaj/Bmin is next in line, with 2 sharps (F#/C#). This goes on to the major scales A-E-B-F#-Db-Ab-Eb-Bb-F-and finally back to C. When learning a new instrument, you usually learn scales in this order. My first instrument was a piano and in my opinion this is the best way to learn scales because it's very visual and intuitive. If you have a piano or keyboard, play the scales out and you'll understand. Guitar is a lot different, and a lot harder to learn theory on in my opinion...
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Quote by shimeister
Do you know about diatonic scales? (The natural major and minor scales with repeating 7-note cycles or octaves)

The circle of 5ths starts with Cmaj and it's relative minor (Amin-no flats and no sharps). The next one down is the Gmaj/Emin scales, which has 1 sharp (F#) and G is the 5th note in the Cmaj scale. You then find the 5th note in the Gmaj scale, which is D. Dmaj/Bmin is next in line, with 2 sharps (F#/C#). This goes on to the major scales A-E-B-F#-Db-Ab-Eb-Bb-F-and finally back to C. When learning a new instrument, you usually learn scales in this order. My first instrument was a piano and in my opinion this is the best way to learn scales because it's very visual and intuitive. If you have a piano or keyboard, play the scales out and you'll understand. Guitar is a lot different, and a lot harder to learn theory on in my opinion...


I do know the diatonic scales.
I am learning this for my Grade 1 music exam. Everything else seems pretty easy. But when I saw this I was like "WTF ".

btw, in order to find the next scale, you take the fifth of the scale you're at right? like.............
The order will be...........

C, G, , D, A, E....... etc?

Right? o.O
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Quote by MaddMann274
I do know the diatonic scales.
I am learning this for my Grade 1 music exam. Everything else seems pretty easy. But when I saw this I was like "WTF ".

btw, in order to find the next scale, you take the fifth of the scale you're at right? like.............
The order will be...........

C, G, , D, A, E....... etc?

Right? o.O


Yessir, and each scale you add one more sharp until you hit F# Major (6 sharps) then it goes to 5 flats, 4 flats, 3flats....back to C
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Quote by MaddMann274
I do know the diatonic scales.
I am learning this for my Grade 1 music exam. Everything else seems pretty easy. But when I saw this I was like "WTF ".

btw, in order to find the next scale, you take the fifth of the scale you're at right? like.............
The order will be...........

C, G, , D, A, E....... etc?

Right? o.O

This is correct. If you wanna find out which keys get how many sharps. You start with C, and for every fifth you go up, you increase a sharp. C is 0, G is 1, D is 2, etc etc. The opposite is for the flats. You go up in 4ths, or down in fifths, same thing. Everytime you do one of those, you add a flat. So a 4th from C is F, 1 flat. Then a 4th from that, Bb, is 2 flats. etc.

What else is confusing about it? I may be able to help

Quote by shimeister
Yessir, and each scale you add one more sharp until you hit F# Major (6 sharps) then it goes to 5 flats, 4 flats, 3flats....back to C

you can have C# which is 7 sharps. And depending how the writer wants to notate, he may ask for D#major (as opposed to Eb Major). which if following the pattern is 9 #s. Sure, this doesn't really make sense. But itd end up being correct. D# E# Fx (double sharp, counts as 2 of the 9) F# A# B# Cx. It isn't common, but not something to rule out.
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Last edited by Zinnie at Jun 25, 2011,
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Quote by MaddMann274
I do know the diatonic scales.
I am learning this for my Grade 1 music exam. Everything else seems pretty easy. But when I saw this I was like "WTF ".

btw, in order to find the next scale, you take the fifth of the scale you're at right? like.............
The order will be...........

C, G, , D, A, E....... etc?

Right? o.O



How are you doing a Grade 1 Music exam without having grasped the material first?

Best,

Sean