Playing Major & Minor Scales with Ableton

For those that have little music theory, this next lesson will help explain the basic structure of composing music in key.

Most music today can be categorized into two main scales, Major or Minor. See the keyboard below to understand the following layout.

1 Octave = 12 notes 

(C, C#, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B)

1 Scale = 7 notes 

(C, D, E, F, G, A, B)

Using the formula below, we can quickly learn how to play notes that fit into a Major or Minor scale, so we never play out of key.

Playing Major vs. Minor Scales

* Major: R, W, W, H, W, W, W, H

* Natural Minor: R, W, H, W, W, H, W, W

     R = Root Note (the scale)

     W = Whole Step (skip the very next note)

     H = Half Step (the very next note touching previous note)

Let’s put these things into practice in this next video…


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