I was asked a question by a new pupil today about how to create a major scale. I thought it'd be useful to share the answer with everyone in the SAXOPHONE Studies community...
Every major scale is created by following the same pattern of intervals.
This is the interval pattern to create an ascending major scale:
- start on any root note you like, for example, an E;
- then follow the musical alphabet until you get back to the root note again - E F G A B C D E;
- you then simply need to add a # or b to any notes to make sure that they follow the correct pattern of intervals - E F# G# A B C# D# E.
Here’s some other examples:
- C Major = C D E F G A B C
- G Major = G A B C D E F# G
- F Major = F G A Bb C D E F
- Db Major = Db Eb F Gb Ab Bb C Db
I hope that this helps and makes sense. Music theory can be endlessly confusing though, so please feel free to ask any questions :)