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Quiz answer: When playing Chromatically you are playing in “Half Step” intervals.

“The Major Scale is derived from the Chromatic scale using a specific combination of half step intervals & whole step intervals”.

The Major Scale is a type of Diatonic Scale.  The Diatonic scale is simply an 8 note, octave-repeating scale comprising five whole steps and two half steps for each octave.

The Major & Minor scales are the most common Diatonic Scales with each type evoking a certain emotion.

The Major Scale is said to be HAPPY sounding & the Minor Scale SAD.

-The Major Scale is the most commonly used of the two scale types:

 Majir Scale keyboard intervalFig.1. Showing one octave of the B Major Scale using w-(whole step 2 frets) & h-(half step 1 fret) intervals.

Songs derived from this scale are said to be played in the “KEY of B because it is the first note of the scale”.

-The Major Scale Octave is derived from the Chromatic scale and consists of 8 of its notes (hence the name Octave).

-It should be familiar as the Do-Re-Me-Fa-So-La-Si-Do most everyone learned in grade schoool.

A simple system of Whole Step and Half Step (1 fret & 2 fret) intervals are used to determine the 8 note Octave.

Trick (Magic Hat)

-The Major Scale Intervals are: W-W-H-W-W-W-H  (where W=Whole Step and H=Half Step).

-This simple formula (w-w-h-w-w-w-h) is the trick to figuring out any Major scale.

-As an example, take the Chromatic scale starting on the A Note:
Its notes are:  A – A# – B – C – C# – D – D# – E – F – F# – G – G#

Using the W-W-H-W-W-W-H formula, the Major Scale notes are:  A – B – C# – D – E – F# – G# – back to A

Note: This example is in the Key of A.

Video 1. In this example, the E Major Scale starts on the E note and follows the intervals W-W-H-W-W-W-H of the Diatonic scale.
-Played through all 4 of its Octaves (well actually 2 notes shy of all 4, because there are not enough frets).
-Green dots mark the beginning/end of each octave.
-In the Key of E.

Quiz: What are the Major Scale notes for the Key of C?
Hint: Simply follow the Intervals.

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