Music Scales


Music Scales

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♪♪♪♪.... Music Scales..Did you know....A Whole-note is called a semi-breve | A Half-note is called a minim | A Quarter-note is called a crotchet | An Eighth-note is called a quaver | A Sixteenth-note is called a semi-quaver | A Thirty-second-note is called a demi-semi-quaver |....Music Scales ♪♪♪♪♪

A useful guide to Music Scales. Facts, Images and worksheets! An easy way to brush up on musical theory. Information on the symbols and signs used in musical scores and notation.


Music Scales - Definition
A music scale is defined as any set of musical notes that are ordered by fundamental frequency or pitch. Music scales are sets of notes that are arranged in patterns of particular intervals such as half-steps or whole-steps. Scales are used as pitch resources in music by composers. Specific scales are chosen to form melodies and harmonies in their music. There are several different types of scales including: Chromatic scale, Major scale, Minor scales, Pentatonic scales, Whole-tone scale and Octatonic scale.

Music Scales - Terms
The following terms are used to describe music notes:

  • Whole-note | semi-breve

  • Half-note | minim

  • Quarter-note | crotchet

  • Eighth-note | quaver

  • Sixteenth-note | semi-quaver

  • Thirty-second-note | Demi-semi-quaver

Music Scales - List
The following are some examples of music scales used:

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Pentatonic Scale Pentatonic scales are very common, they have five notes per octave as opposed to a heptatonic (seven note) scale such as the major scale and minor scale.
Quarter Tone The quarter tone scale was developed in the Middle East in the eighteenth century and has 24 equal tones
Lydian Mode The Lydian musical scale is a modern scale with a rising pattern of pitches that comprise three whole tones, a semitone, two more whole tones, and a semitone
Major Scale The major scale is also called the Ionian scale and is one of the most commonly used diatonic scales. The major scale is made up of seven distinct notes, plus an eighth which duplicates the first an octave higher
Octatonic Scale An octatonic scale is any eight-note musical scale
Double Harmonic Scale The double harmonic major scale is also known as the Arabic and the Byzantine scale
Whole Tone Scale In a whole tone scale each note is separated from the next by the interval of a whole step
Yo Scale The yo scale does not contain semitones, according to a traditional theory is a pentatonic scale used in much Japanese music including gagaku and shomyo

Music Scales - Worksheet
Need to test your musical knowledge or looking for a quiz to test your students? Click on the link below and print off and complete a useful worksheet including a quiz on musical terms and notation. The answers have also been provided, just click on the link at the bottom of the quiz for the answers in a printable format.

Music Scales - Facts
Music Scales Facts....Did you know...

Scales Fact 1: A bar is a vertical line across the staff, dividing it into measures

Scales Fact 2: A staff is a collection of parallel lines, together with the spaces belonging to them

Scales Fact 3: In music scales, when the G clef is used the staff is usually referred to as the treble staff

Scales Fact 4:  A scale step is the distance between two successive notes in a scale

Scales Fact 5: When a sharp character is included on music scales, it causes the pitch to be one half-step higher than it otherwise would be

Scales Fact 6: A note is a character expressing relative duration, which when placed on a music scale or staff indicates that a certain tone is to be sounded for a certain relative length of time

Scales Fact 7: A double bar or single heavy bar with either two or four dots indicates that a section is to be repeated

Scales Fact 8: A dot over or under a note is called the staccato mark and indicates that the tone is to be sounded and then instantly released

Scales Fact 9: In music scales a dot after a note indicates that that the value of the note should be half again as great as it would be without the dot, i.e., the value is to be three-halves that of the original note

Scales Fact 10: The tonic or root note is the central and most stable note of the music scale

Scales Fact 11: On a music scale, if notes are displayed on a line, the line must run through the middle of the note

Scales Fact 12:  A quarter note is represented on music scales by a closed note with a stem

Scales Fact 13:  A tie is a curved line connecting the heads of two individual notes that are required to be the same tone

Scales Fact 14: The Grand Staff or Stave is two individual staves joined together

Scales Fact 15: On a music scale, if notes are displayed in a space, the note must be drawn directly between the lines, touching both lines

Music Scales - Bible References
Music was mentioned many times in the bible, the following definition of music is taken from Easton Bible Dictionary.

  • Jubal was the inventor of musical instruments (Gen. 4:21). The Hebrews were much given to the cultivation of music. Their whole history and literature afford abundant evidence of this. After the Deluge, the first mention of music is in the account of Laban's interview with Jacob (Gen. 31:27). After their triumphal passage of the Red Sea, Moses and the children of Israel sang their song of deliverance (Ex. 15)

  • The period of Samuel, David, and Solomon was the golden age of Hebrew music, as it was of Hebrew poetry. Music was now for the first time systematically cultivated. It was an essential part of training in the schools of the prophets (1 Sam. 10:5; 19:19-24; 2 Kings 3:15; 1 Chr. 25:6). There now arose also a class of professional singers (2 Sam. 19:35; Eccl. 2:8). The temple, however, was the great school of music. In the conducting of its services large bands of trained singers and players on instruments were constantly employed (2 Sam. 6:5; 1 Chr. 15; 16; 23;5; 25:1-6)

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Dream Explanation - Music Scales
Hearing harmonious and soothing music in your dream, is a good omen of prosperity, pleasure and the expression of your emotions in a positive way. Music serves to heal the soul. Hearing discordant music in your dream means unhappiness and troubles in the home. 

Music Scales - Tattoos
Images taken from music scales are a great idea for tattoos. Looking for inspiration for a unique tattoo design? Why not choose a musical note or incorporate a selection of musical symbols in your own design? A great way to show your interest in the fascinating world of music. Whether your preferred genre is Rock or Classical, Disco or Country, Music Scales symbols make great tattoo designs! Browse through our selection of images and check out the meaning of each one.

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Pictures and Videos of Music Scales
Discover the vast selection of pictures and videos which relate to Music Scales and illustrate the different Music Scales that we encounter in everyday life. What is the significance of a Music Scales? What are Time Signatures? What is the difference between a Crotchet and a Quaver? What do sharp symbols look like? What is an Articulation mark? Find the answer to these questions about symbols and more! Lots of useful information and facts for anyone with an interest in music theory. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the Signology Index - a great musical educational resource on Music Scales for everyone!


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