|It's time to learn your do-re-mi's! These syllables|
are most useful in communicating scale degrees.
|F-MAJOR SCALE (one flat), the relative major of D-minor .
||In fixed do, C is always do.|
In movable do, do is the tonic of the key signature.
The syllable ti is
|It is very important to memorize the pattern|
of whole and half-steps in the major scale.
|Minor scales and modes are most often described by how they compare to the major scale. The white notes on the keyboard are the notes of the C-major scale.|
One way to remember the pattern of steps is that in movable do (see above) the half-steps occur above mi and ti, the only syllables that end in i.
|Memorize the pattern!! Say it out loud: |
Whole-step, Whole-step, Half-step,
Whole-step, Whole-step, Whole-step, Half-step
|The scale degrees also are referred to by Roman Numerals, especially in harmonic analysis, and by special names as shown at right.||1 - I
2 - II
3 - III
4 - IV
5 - V
6 - VI
7 - VII
| - Root
| - tonic|
- subtonic or leading tone
|If you've had enough of||
|try the scales quiz.|