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11. Major Scales & Degrees Exercises

Grade One Music Theory Exercises - Lesson 11: Major Scales Exercises

Suitable for:  ABRSM Grade 1   Trinity Grade 1   GCSE   AP Music Theory Beginners 

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Tones and Semitones in Major Scales

1. How many semitone (half) steps are there in one octave of a major scale? 
How many semitones? - Grade One Music Theory Exercises


2. What is the pattern of tones (whole steps) and semitones (half steps) in ascending major scales? 
What's the pattern of semitones? - Grade One Music Theory Exercises

 

 

Degrees of the Scale

Name the degree of the scale (e.g. 2nd, 3rd, 4th) of the notes marked *.

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1. The key is F major

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2. The key is G major 

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Writing Scales

Write as semibreves (whole notes) the scales named below. Do not use a key signature, but remember to add any necessary sharp or flat signs.

 

C major descending

Write C major descending - Grade One Music Theory Exercises

 

2. D major ascending (ABRSM only)

Write D major ascending - Grade One Music Theory Exercises

 

 

Naming Scales

Name the key of each of these scales. Draw a bracket over each pair of notes making a semitone (half step).

1. scale-1

 

2. scale-2

 

Scales in Melodies

This melody uses all the notes of the scale of C major - true or false?

scale-fragment

 

 

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