What is a Scale?
- A scale is an 8 note pattern that uses all 7 solfege notes.
What is a Major Scale?
- A Major scale is an 8 note pattern that begins on Do.
- A Major Scale begins on Do because in music anything that is Major will always start on Do.
- The 8 notes in a Major Pentachord are Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do
Singing Major Scales
- When we sing a Major Scale we sing all 8 notes up & down: Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do - Do Ti La Sol Fa Mi Re Do
- When we sing a Major Scale we use our solfege handsigns. Using handsigns helps us to sing with more accurate pitch.
Below is an interactive diagram of a Major Scale. If you hover over each red arrow additional information about the scale will appear. Use these arrows to learn more about the Major Scale, learn the hand signs for the Major Scale, and to listen to the Major Scale.
Below is a video of me singing and signing a Major Scale. Sing and sign along with the video to practice your Major Scale and handsigns.
Below is a recording of Major Scale. Use the recording to practice singing your Major Scale while signing the notes on your own.
Major Scale Study Questions
- How many notes are in a Major Scale?
- What is the first note in a Major Scale?
- Explain why the first note in a Major Scale is Do.
- What are the notes in a Major Scale?
- Because in music anything that is Major always starts on Do
- Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do