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Thread: Gb Major Scale Question

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    Registered User vai_fan's Avatar
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    Gb Major Scale Question

    Hi gang,

    I am in the process of studying scales and modes and have a question regarding the Gb major scale.

    The scale is Gb-Ab-Bb-Cb-Db-Eb-F. Now if I were to follow the W-W-H-W-W-W-H then this doesn't make sense.

    Bb-Cb is a whole step but B to C can only be a half step so wouldn't that make the scale Bb-C?

    I hope I am making sense here and not causing everyone to go cross eyed. From what I learned E to F and B to C can only be half steps, therefore the Gb scale is wrong in my eyes.

    Is there something I am not seeing here or is there an exception to the rule?

    Thanks in advance!

    Vai Fan
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    Hey ...

    There's no exception. Gb major is no different from any other major scale. W W H W W W H

    The mistake you made is an easy one to make first time around.

    You said:

    "Bb to Cb is a whole step"

    Nope, it isn't. It's a half step. It's like musical sleight of hand. Remember B to C is a half step. Cb is the same as (enharmonic with) B!

    Bb to B is a half step.

    You run into the same thing in the sharp keys with E# and F#. E# to F# is also a half step.

    Doug.

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    Thanks!

    Man!

    Why didn't I see that. If I would have sat and thought about it long enough I probably would have realized what was going on.

    Tomorrow morning! LOL!

    Thanks for the help my friend. It was much appreciated.

    Vai Fan
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