Fundamentals of
SCALES AND KEY SIGNATURES

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PART B--SCALES AND KEY SIGNATURES

3. Scales.

a. The first note of a major scale gives the scale its identity or name. For example, a major scale beginning on the note E is called an "E Major scale" (Figure 2-4).


Figure 2-4: E Major Scale.

b. Musical compositions are based on scales. A composition based on an E Major scale is said to be in the key of E Major (Figure 2-5).


Figure 2-5: Melody in E.

 

SELF REVIEW EXERCISE #1
Constructing major scales.


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