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How a Major Scale is Formed on Piano

form major scaleYou need to master all the basic skills of piano playing in order to become a master pianist. To achieve this goal, begin with scales. All chords are derived from scales and they will greatly improve your ability to create melodies.

The major scale contains 12 scales, with derivative minor scales. Scales are simple to perfect and to understand. With a little bit of time and effort, you will be playing multiple scales confidently.

It is very important to study musical theory prior to playing piano. It will give you a foundation in understanding and appreciating musical constructions. A scale is defined as a series of notes, beginning from the bottom and working its way to the octave note.

Scales are identified by their root note. For example, a major scale set in the key of C will be called the C major scale. The major scale is categorized as a diatonic scale. It does not contain any sharps and flats, utilizing only the white keys. It is constructed of eight notes: 7 distinct notes, ending with the first note repeated but one octave higher. You will most likely recognize the major scale from the solfeggio “Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do.”

As you can see, there are 7 distinct tones followed by the repetition of the first note at an octave higher. The major scale is one of the easiest to write, however it can sometimes be the most difficult to master on the piano. Practice will be required.

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To create the major scale, we are in need of a formula. Once you memorize and understand the outline, you can mould the scale to any key. The formula is:

Whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half

A whole step is considered two half steps. A half step represents the closest key to any key. Therefore, a whole step represents the second closest key. As you can see, the 3rd and 7th notes are half steps. If we were to enter the C key into the formula, it would look like this:

C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C

Play this scale over and over again, until it becomes second nature. Change the governing key and you will formulate different results. This can be accomplished by inserting the main key for the first note and entering the appropriate note into each allocation.

There are twelve different major scales that can be created. Make sure you are translating them correctly or else you’ll be wasting your time learning an incorrect scale.

Once you have mastered the major scale, you will quickly notice its happy and positive tune. This scale can be utilized to create chords for upbeat and optimistic songs. If you are very interested in scales, there are a wide variety of scales available. Your knowledge and understanding of major scales will help to understand different musical theories.

Practicing the scale until you have mastered its composition will force you to understand how a major sale is formed on piano. Never give up. Mastering the major scale is the first step in understanding various skills and techniques.

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