an example of a C Major scale indicating some points of
off, let's gain a little fundamental information. Notice
each note in turn is a certain distance to the one before
and after it. This is what gives a scale it's particular
sonic character when played from a given starting point
and why in this case starting on C, you get that "doh
ray me" sound.
numbers illustrate how each note has a value or degree with
respect to the one we started on (the root). In a typical
C Major scale, C is number 1 and considered the root or
center of attention. What we're going to do is take the
same family of notes and put the emphasis on the 6th note
important to note that we haven't added any sharps or flats
and haven't changed the distance of each note to the one
before or after it. The ingredients and internal connections
are exactly the same. What has changed is our original starting
point or the note to which we apply emphasis.
this scale is made of the same family of notes drawn from
C, it's said to be relative or more specifically
in this case "A Relative Minor".
that C still maintains a position in the new structure and
therefor has a relationship to A. This is called "C
to this point, this is all rather conceptual but if you
play each scale as shown, you will here a tonal difference.
C Major will tend to sound bright or happy and A Minor dark
you've managed to grasp the idea so far, congratulations!,
you've entered the dark side. Now it's time to deal with
form and function.