• Candice Alderfer

All Major Scales for All Keys

Updated: May 6, 2019

Before now, I was always extremely hesitant to jump into learning music theory because I associated everything with math. Math and music go hand in hand, but with a little persistence and constant practice over the past couple months, I finally feel like I'm beginning to get the hang of everything. I spent my first month really tackling major scales, drawing out tons of pianos in my notebook and going through the steps to build every major scale out there. Up until now, I never acknowledged the fact that only twelve notes exist in music altogether. To some, pitch can be confused for being different notes. You can have the same note being played in two different pitches (higher or lower). That is why the keys on a piano constantly repeat. Notes can be played in different octaves. Octaves are the series of eight notes in a musical scale and a piano represents multiple octaves on a single instrument.

I did everything the long way to get all my major scales - I drew pianos and started on different notes, literally counting whole and half steps to figure out where to place the accidentals. I've uploaded a previous post showing all the pianos I drew with all the whole and half steps mapped out. After doing this and making myself constantly write the scales everyday, I noticed how everything in music comes together and makes complete sense in why notes are written the way they are and why accidentals exist where they do.

I've written out all the major scales and their letter names and corresponding accidentals for everyone to refer to. Take the time to look at all the scales to look at the different patterns and consistent changes within the notes. I hope this helps everyone out there on their music learning journey!

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