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How to Learn Every Major Scale in 8 Minutes and 13 Seconds

So there you are, sitting at the *insert instrument of choice*, trying to make heads and tails of these major scales. "Ok, so I put my thumb on B, then my index finger on Db, then my middle finger on E...no...Eb". The frustration and general consternation is palpabale. Surely, you think to yourself, there must be an easier way. If only there was some commonality between all of the major scales...

In fact, there is!

All the major scales, at first blush, appear like a complicated hodge-podge (did I spell that correctly? Auto-correct isn't helping), there actually are some similarities between them. The principle commonality is that all major scales have the same half-step intervals between each individual notes in the scale (remember, a half-step is the next possible note you could play to make it sound higher).

If you know the pattern of half-steps which constitute a major scale, you could theoretically know how to play every major scale. As discussed in this video that pattern is...

 

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Nice! Great! Yeah. But, uh, there's a problem, how am I supposed to remember that number? My dear boy (or girl, no favorites here), you have come to precisely the right website online to get the answer to that question. It has to do with the using the major phonetic system (what else?) to devise clever words and images which will help us remember this scale interval number.

But to get the rest of the story, you'll need to watch the video! Sorry, no spoilers here! Don't worry, I won't go anywhere.

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