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All About Scales

Hello and welcome to Lesson #8. In this lesson, you'll learn about scales. If you don't know what a scale is, review lesson #5, where you learn how to play the C Major scale. This is a pretty long lesson in that you'll learn over a dozen scales. In this series of lessons, all you need to know is that there are major and minor scales.

What's the difference between a major and a minor scale? Well, the obvious thing is they sound different. A one octave major scale is made up of a whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step. whole step. A one octave minor scale is made up notes whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step, whole step, whole step. You'll see, once you start playing the various different types of scales, that the minor scale is played a little differently on the "way up" or when you play higher and higher in pitch.

It's important to note the key signatures of each scale. Each key signature has at least two scales associated with it. In this group of online piano lessons, you only need to know the ones shown here, in this lesson. For example, both the F Major and D Minor have a B Flat in their key signatures. Click "Next" to play the A Minor scale. We won't play the C Major because you did that in Lesson #5.

Here is the A minor scale. Notice how there aren't any accidentals in the key signature. This is the same key signature as the C Major scale. Except, this scale will sound quite different from the C major scale. Also note the arpeggio stuck at the end of this one octave scale. It's good for you to play these too.

Very good! You're learning quickly. If you don't know already, you click on "Download MIDI File" to download the correct solution or hear the scale correctly and fully. From now on, you'll see two scales per page. Both of these scales will have the same key signature.

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