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Major Scales

In this music theory for beginners lesson, we’ll take a look at the major scale and the pattern that it follows.

What Is A Musical Scale?

A scale is a series of pitches or notes going up (ascending) and going down (descending). These pitches or notes are also identified in alphabetical order, they are written and played in a sequence.

The notes of a scale are numbered with Roman numerals:

For each one of the scale notes or pitches we'll be assigning a scale degree.
Roman Numerals Are Used For Scale Degrees

These are also called scale degrees. Each degree has a specific name related to the musical scale.