Scales – Theory 101 – How to Build Your Major Scales
I have put a lot of exercises on this accordion blog – but nothing is more important than learning ALL your SCALES. The links below – will walk you through LEARNING how Major Scales are built and how to HAVE FUN while you practice them.
- Scales should be practice DAILY
- Scales develop your technique
- All chords are based on the Scales
- Scale practice develops your FINGER MEMORY for SPEED
- Scales are the CENTER of TONALITY for a SONG
A scale consists of 7 different notes – ending with the octave note. They always go in alphabetical order – (when the alphabet runs out – you start the letters again)
Example – C Scale – C D E F G A B C
The C Scale has no sharps or flats (black notes). There is a prescribed distance between each scale note – that will determine if the scale has any sharps or flats and what they are. (NOTE: a scale will NEVER have sharps and flats both – either all sharps or all flats)
- SHARP – # – raises the note 1/2 step (up)
- Flat – b – lowers the note 1/2 step (down)
Take a pencil – and open this exercise – to learn what these distances are – called whole steps or half steps (a whole step is 2 half steps together and a half step is the CLOSEST DISTANCE between notes – whether black or white) and how to determine where the sharps and flats will go.
Link – Build a Major Scale
AND if you mastered the 3rd level – try this – Scaling for Comping