People are fascinated by the concept of scales and degree names. The most common scale in Western music is the major scale, which has 7 different notes that repeat at set intervals. This post will explore 9 fascinating reasons why people like to use these names when talking about scales!
Keywords: Music theory, scales, degree names
In the Western music tradition there are seven different notes that repeat at set intervals: 𝄪-𝅨. These are called scale degrees or scale steps and they each have a name to identify them as part of the major scale: “do” (the first note), “re” (second note), “mi”(third note) … until you reach the seventh step – which is actually an octave higher than do! There are many reasons why people like these names when talking about scales. Here we explore nine fascinating ones!
The most obvious reason for using terms like “do” and “re” in place of numbers is so it’s easier to remember which note is being discussed. This often happens in music theory where a lot of numbers are used to represent instrument frequencies or the duration between musical notes, etc., and it can be hard for students who have no background knowledge on these type of subjects.
Another reason people like using scale degrees as opposed to names such as “major” or “minor” is because they make comparing scales easier if someone knows that there’s an equivalent term for each one (e.g.: major – do re mi fa so la ti; minor – do re me fa sol la si). It also allows you to talk about different types of modes from relative terms rather than just giving them specific labels!
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Join us for a little musical numerology. We’ll explore some of the reasons why people enjoy using scale degree names and you might just find yourself joining in on this fun trend!
– Scale degrees can be used as an indicator to help identify chords or chord progressions.
– They are also commonly used when it comes to writing melodies.
– Music theory instructors often start with scales, which is where they get their name from–scale degree numbers correspond with note positions within each scale. This makes them easier than naming individual notes like we would do if we wanted to write out a melody by hand without any sheet music in front of us..not that I know anything about that ;) ..just sayin’. :)
– One of the top reasons people enjoy using scale degree names is because they are easier to remember. They make it less difficult to identify different intervals and chords, which can be quite a feat for those with more than one instrument!
– Some find them fun or aesthetically pleasing when used in open position harmony (think Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now”) where two guitars play ovals around each other. This pattern makes use of some pretty cool harmonic tricks that you probably would never have caught unless you knew what was going on–and even then, most likely only if someone explained it to you :)
– There are many misconceptions about these magic numbers like believing that every chord needs four notes instead of three. This is not true! Chords can have three notes or more.
– Scale degree names are helpful when discussing other scales and chords, like the harmonic minor scale that has all seven of these degrees in it (notes). They’re also great for identifying intervals – if you know a major third interval from an augmented second one then you’ll be able to identify them on your instrument no matter what key signature they come up with next :)
If people want to learn how to use this system effectively they should browse through some tablature song books–or even just do some reading online about music theory basics. It’s pretty easy once someone shows ya ;)
One example would be below:
C E G B D F
C E G D F
B A C B
This example shows the “theory” of chord progression in a nutshell: if you know what scale degree names are, looking at this table will tell you that it’s going to be a I-IV-V (or IV move to V) type thing. Pretty easy huh? ;)
The world is full of things for people to learn and explore–and there’s always something new waiting around every corner! What started as just one person inventing music theory has since become an entire field within itself; today we have composers who specialize in writing books about music theory so others can learn from their work :) And even though some parts might seem overwhelming or hard to understand, like any interest worth pursuing–there’s always a way to make it fun and engaging by using the right approach.
Just as with most things in life, we learn best when we find ways to enjoy what we’re doing!
Music theory can be tough sometimes because there are so many different concepts that need to be memorized (and some of them are not super friendly sounding), but one thing people really seem to love about music theory is learning all the different names for each scale degree :) There are so many good reasons why they prefer this system over others:
A lot of people just think these degrees sound more musical than numbers or letters on their own. But furthermore, since scales have seven notes within them–it’s a lot easier for students to memorize them when they’re organized by degrees.
If you’re someone who’s not big into music theory, but would like to learn more about it–then scale degree names can be your best friend! You’ll find that this system is way less intimidating than some of the others because there are no letters or numbers involved. And as an added bonus, these names will help reinforce what you’ve learned in other areas such as mathematics and science (which might sound weird at first, but just think about how math builds off of concepts from geometry). For example: “The fifth note on the scale is called G♯ because if were talking about G Major Scale then we know that the fifth note is G♯.”
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