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

Now PLAY your scales – in 3 levels – Scales Theory 101 (All M Scales) – corrected 4-12-15

AND if you mastered the 3rd level – try this – Scaling for Comping