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08-08-2002, 07:56 AM

What are all major and minor scales ?
are there too many ?


08-08-2002, 08:24 AM
Your question has a huuuge answer.... and yes there are a lots of!! :(

But don't worry this is what is all about. The best thing to do in my opinion is starting with these articles written by Guni:


Start from the first and spend time with each one it's lots of theory and goes to a quite complicated level. You can ask questions whenever you get stuck.

You will find the answer of your question in the article called: Chords and scales.

Good luck!!

08-09-2002, 09:32 PM
Learn Chromatic first, build Major Scales from intervals, in Cycle IV or V then learn the modes of each major scale. Then modify the Aeolian to Harmonic, then Dorian to Melodic. That will cover 99% of the Diatonic scales you need to know.

Chromatic ( All Notes) 12 Unique Notes Sounds the same no mattter where you start. You only need to learn one of these.

Major Scale Twelve Unique Starting Notes. You need to learn all 12 of these.

Modes Each note of the Major scale becomes the starting note of one of these 7 per Major Scale ( But you already learned one of the modes so only 6 X 12)

Aeolian Mode to Harmonic 12 More.

Dorian Mode to Melodic 12 More.

12 + (12 x 6) + 12 + 12 + 1
(9x12) + 1 = 109

Thats not so bad!

Bongo Boy
08-15-2002, 06:54 AM
Originally posted by cicimemo
What are all major and minor scales ?
are there too many ?Yes, there are too many. It's like breakfast cereal at the freekin' supermarket--totally out of control! :D

08-15-2002, 12:08 PM
The guiter simplifies learning things in different keys since the patterns are just shifted. So learn 7 of each type (two note per string, three note per string, four note per string, if you learn octave types you need 14) for each of the scale types ( Major, Harmonic and Melodic) so now this becomes 35 x 3 = 105.
Once again this is not so daunting a task.

Really the melodic is just one note different from Major (or Dorian, depending on how you look at it). Harmonic is just one note different than Aeoilan. So by learning the major scale in all the patterns ( Know them by scale degree) then just flat the third to make Melodic from Major or raise the root and start on 2 ( This is the same as raising the 7th in Dorian)for ii Melodic. Raise the 5th and start on 6 for Harmonic or raied the 7th from Aeolian.
In this case you only neeed learn 35 patterns but you must know the scale degree.