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Learning the Major Scales

Post by BrandonWalsh on Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:11 am

Hello everyone!

So, I'm a newbie that's been studying for a couple of weeks and I am currently learning the Major scale. I got it down so I can play pretty much any of the 12 scales at pretty high speed so I guess thats the good news. The bad news is that I can not simply take a note (say D#) and randomly play the notes in that scale - I have to go up or down to nail it.

I am not if I my description is good enough but what I mean is that I can not simply randomly jam any scale (other than C and G major) but have to use the "whole whole half..." technique to get to the proper notes for most of the scales.

Should I be worried about this? Am I doing something wrong or will it come with time?

Thank you.
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Re: Learning the Major Scales

Post by ROBIN on Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:35 am

HI brandon well done on nailing scales Wink i have similar problem to you but i found that if i learn all scales in 2 octave reaches ..that it helps me get more familiar with the notes i play as i repeat them both forwards and backwards ...if you only play 1 octave than it may be worth trying to learn them at 2 octaves ...its actually a bit trickier also but all gd in the name of practise lol ...Smile hope this helps, it works a little for me gd luck

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Re: Learning the Major Scales

Post by paulmadog on Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:05 pm

Hi,
I think your progress is pretty swift so far. Robin's advice is good. Might be a good idea also to develop just one or two scales ( with chords etc), whilst maintaining the practice on the others. Then expand on another scale in a similar fashion. Then another, and so on.
Having said that, I'm not very good. Just a suggestion.

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Re: Learning the Major Scales

Post by Viccky88 on Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:33 pm

Hey, I wanted to ask you how should we practise scales?
I mean, for example, I memorized fingering for all scales (major scales), and I can play notes in each scale pretty fast. Today I practised to choose quick some scale, and play it, then quickly choose another and play, etc.etc.because it's harder when I play CABDF scale...then play ABCDEFG. But all that with right hand. Now I'm gonna do that with left hand, and then with both. Is it ok? What else then? I thought maybe I should try to choose some scale and figure out how to play from the last note, to the first note in the scale (not from the first to the last, and then back!), cause I suppose I can't figure out in a second which is the last note in the , for example, F scale. If you understand me. Smile What else i can do to practise scales? (I now only major scales now, later I'll do then with minor).

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Re: Learning the Major Scales

Post by Alistair123 on Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:09 pm

When I practise scales, I start from C major. I do the C major scale, up and down, then move up a semitone to C sharp major, then do that one. I do that all the way until im back at C. I always use both hands, but just practise them slowly until you can do it with both. There easy to learn, im sure you know the pattern for major scales-
Tone, Tone, Semi Tone, Tone, Tone, Tone, Semi Tone.

Its not about playing them fast, its about playing them evenly. Once you can play them with both hands, you can do different exercises. For example, playing one hand Legato, and one hand Staccato will help you play with both hands by developing hand independence.

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Re: Learning the Major Scales

Post by Pianoted on Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:34 pm

Just started practising the C major scale. Turned on the built-in metronome of the piano, set it to about 60 beats per minute and tried to play on the beat. First I was confused both listening to the metronome and playing and often got out of rhytm, but I feel I'm advancing.

I think it's a good idea to practice the scales according to the circle of fifths. If we take for example the major scales, everytime your hand travels a fifth, starting from C, the number of sharps increases by one. Then you get a feel for the scales and the circle at the same time.
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Re: Learning the Major Scales

Post by jessem189 on Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:26 am

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Re: Learning the Major Scales

Post by jytte on Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:31 pm

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Re: Learning the Major Scales

Post by VictorCS on Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:15 pm

jytte wrote:What was THAT?

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