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Music Theory 7: Harmonized Major Scale

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5 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Major Scale

    • 3. Harmonized Major Scale

    • 4. Seventh Chords in the Major Scale

    • 5. Examples

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About This Class

This class is the number 7 in the Music Theory Series,  in this class you will learn how to harmonize the major scale with three notes chords and seventh chords.

This class is divided in 4 sections:

- Major Scale (overview)

- Harmonized scale with 3 notes chords.

- Harmonized scale with seventh chords.

- Examples.


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Ilse Lozoya

Music teacher and Online Educator



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My name is Ilse Lozoya I am a pianist and educator, I love to teach online because I can share about music, piano, and education with student around the globe and I think this a wonderful thing in our days.

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1. Introduction: Hi. Welcome to this class. This is the class number seven in the music theory, Siri's and it's dedicated to learn how to harmonize the major scale. My name is insulin. Soria. I'm going to be your instructor in this class. And let's talk about the major scale. We're going to analyze a quick overview. How does the major scale is constructive and important considerations in order to be able to harmonize this scale, which quartz which which in three notes courts you can play in the major scale. Why? And we are going to see which seventh chords you can play depending on the key does you are play. We're going to see some example. So you can really associate this with any key. So welcome to this class. I'm very excited to share with you all this information because it is very important to learn how to harmonize the major scale in order to be able to play any song in an icky welcome 2. Major Scale : before we dive into how to harmonize the major scale, let's take a quick overview off. What a major skill is. Maybe you are wondering why it is this necessary, or what is the purpose to learning to harmonize the major skill well, the major scale it's the basic is really the basics. Learning this is the basics off the music theory in the Western system, which is a musical system that we use well. If I write or I play from the C note to the next, see note, I would you have a structure that really, I need to understand the structure. This structure is differentiated by distances between each note, from sea to deep. There's a distance, and it's actually measured by notes by whole notes. I'm sorry where my whole tones and half tones. So from the sea to the denote, you have two whole tones or two whole steps. That's correct. You can say tones or steps. In this case, I have written here when you can see on the red numbers the distances between C two D, them from D tree to E to F. You have here 1/2 step or half stone and then from EF two g n. This is and this is a structure and you really need to memorize this. Let's Jake, I'm the g major scale. What I'm going to do, I'm going to write from G to the next G, as you can see, and I need to have this distances between the notes off the scale. Considering that the G note and this is in this case, the G note is their region is the route off the scale. As you can see right here, I have already toe key signature, or I'm going to tell you before why this is necessary unity to understand and memorise this structure by one step. One step is 1 1/2 11 1/2 steps or tones. Either way is correct. So if I analyze the distances between this, I will see that from e two f. I do not have one whole step for one whole tune. So what I need to do, I need to have a f sharp because I need to increase one house Joan right here. So from eat to f sharp now I have one. Oh, toe. So what I did is that I'm not going to be writing always the the F sharp. But I'm going to write this right here close to the cliff and this f sharp return near to the cleft. This is the indication of the key signature. So when any song when a musical piece is written in G major, you need to have the f sharp right here. This is the key signature because this right here, the number off sharps or flats indicates you in which key signature, the peace or the song is written. So you really need to understand this and memorize the structure so you can't really be able to write and play any major scale. 3. Harmonized Major Scale: Now, in this lesson, let's analyze which cords can be played in any major is scale. This is the C major scale. I hope that by this point you have already memorized the structure off the major scale. Well, this is the major scale. What I'm going to do it is that I'm going through. Ask the courts that appear naturally in the scale according to the kissing nature. By this, I mean that the sea majors killed doesn't have any flat or sharp. So if you were playing this at the piano keyboard, do you just really playing Onley on the quiet keys? You don't need to play any black key. Just white keys. Well, so I'm going to add all the triads and for the three notes quart that appears naturally. So here they are. If I analyzed the structure, the result in the structure of each court Do you understand what type? Of course it is. I want to find that the court, all the courts are in this case, the sea is going to be the C major. The minor e minor f major G major a minor and be the manage. How do I know this because I know the structure off the courts. If you are not really familiar, you can go over to the class where I am analyzing the structure off older, three notes courts and you can really understand memorizes better. So here are the courts. And if I considered that the first grave off the major scale in this guy's case because it is C major, the sea may the sick note is going to be the root and is going to be the first great. So the first great in the major scale, the harmonised major scale. It's a major court. So the first grade is major by this. If I right down the D minor is going to be the second grave and is going to be second minor serves, you minor is going to be third miner. The fourth grade is going to be major. The G major is going to be, and that she is going to be the fifth grade of Czar is going to be major. The sixth grade is going to be minor on the seventh. Great is going to be diminished. Why? Because I am following the structure off the major scale considering that this is the order off appearance in C major. This is how you can maybe do you You will find this in any theory book written ass. I just did right here in the image. Let's now analyse d major. So considering that this is the G major scale and I have to respect the structure and I have to respect that all the f notes are going to be sharp, considering that I'm going to add the triads right here. As you can see Syrian Kelly, I just said that the first grade of the major scale is going to be the first major. The court's going to a major. The second miner. The third grade is going to be minor as well. Fourth grave, major fifth grade major, sixth great major minor on the seventh is going to be diminished. Well, if I analyze the resulting courts Yes, of course. I have Jim Major, a minor B minor. See, my major d major Niemeyer and F Sharp diminished. So it's really important first to know the structure of the scale and really know all the key signatures. So you can't really know that if we are talking about G major all the f as we are going to be sharp f sharp when you are playing something in G major. Considering that all the courts that you can play this, of course, in the very basic way, there are many arrangements and sophisticated way off playing everything and, of course, and but we're not diving into that. Now we are going just analyzing the simplest way off, harmonizing the major scale. So if you have any song that is written in G major, you can try to play any of these courts. If you play a a major is going to be is going to sound a little bit a were. I won't say you're wrong because I'm not going to use that, Worf, But it's going to sound were so this. Artemus recommended courts to play the type off court, depending on the grave off the scale that we want to play. So memorize this. Memorized the structure. This is what you really need to know. First major, second, minor, third miner, fourth major, fifth major, six minor and seventh diminished 4. Seventh Chords in the Major Scale: No. Let's see. How can we harmonize the scale? The major scale using now, Seventh courts. We're going to follow the same procedure that we follow with tree notes Court. Here is the C major scale. Where I'm going to do does going to I'm going to ask the seventh Corps to each off the notes off the scale. And the result is this one. You can check the structure and write down the name of the courts by this point off the music, See, records, We have analyzed the types of courts not in this class, but before we analyze Seventh Corps. So if you have any doubt you can go back to that class, you can check the structure off the court. You have already done that, and you don't have any problem with that. Okay, well, the results off this years old off this is that after have analyzes structured off each court. The result is that in the first grade, we're going to have a C major seventh. The Sycuan is the minder seven. Then you minor seventh F major, seventh G seventh, a minor several and be diminished. Seven flat. Five. Remember that this court can be called health diminished as well, so you can choose the name that you want. If we right the structure, as we did with the dream old scores will have to the first grave. Either major scale is going to be first major seventh, then the second grade minor 7/3 grade Minor, seventh, fourth grade. My your seven fifth grade. Just seven court. This sixth grade six minor seven on the last one is going to be seven minor, seven flat five or seventh grade. How has diminished? So you already need your memorizes so you can apply this to any skill. That's Mao Chitwood. Jim, have your skills. You can do exactly the saying you can't play. Pause to this video and try to do this by yourself on check your findings off the information that just going to to give you right now. So you do have done that. That's excellent. Or maybe you just want to continue watching the video. So this is the result. This are the courts that appear naturally following the structure off the G major scale. Remember that demon your scale has f sharp. So it is written in the key signature. And we really need to remember that when we analyze this each court. So this is a formula. So theoretically, the first grade is G, so it's going to be G major. Seven. The 2nd 1 is going to be a mine or seven this Earth B minor seven and in Dugway. And of course it matches. So this is the result off. But you made your skill played with seven Ford's what you really need, you memorized. This is what you really need to memorize. This is the the structure and you're really must learn the type of court that appears in each great. In the next video, we're going to see other examples with Trey Notes Court and Seventh Courts in any 5. Examples: Now let's check some examples using tree node scored and seventh quartz from anything. Well, let's begin with a flat major. Remember it. That's according to the key signature at what we know about a flat major Will is sticking to the structure is that a flat major has a flat well following the order offer periods. It has beef at e flat, a flat and the flat. So you really need to respect that and stick to the structure in order to have. Don't have any problem when you do this, so you shall have at this point memorized. This is structure, right? If you have done this one that's perceived, this is a flatmate. You're so in theory, the first note must be a flat major. Seven. This is the first court. The second grade must be B flat, my mind or seven, the 3rd 1 Mosby C Minor said. So write down the name off all the courts. You can play posted a video on. Try to do this by yourself. Now let's check your results, and this is this hour. The results. And remember to always pay attention to the root off each court that must be the note off the scale. Let's check now with D Major. The major has only f job unseen shop. So following the formula we have leave me your seventh e minor, seventh F sharp minor, seventh G major, seventh, 1/7 B minor, seventh and C sharp minor seven flat five. So this is the result. Remember that you can say see shark health diminished. This is correct. Don't let's try one marquee now using on Lee using Onley three notes courts. So this is a formula without seventh courts B flat Major has only B flat and E flats. So the first court in city B flat the 2nd 1 c minor d minor E flat major F major G minor. Hey, diminished. This is how it must look. So what you really need to remember eyes is this. Remember, if you are employing any harmonic instruments word, you can play courts. This is what you really need to know. If, for example, George are trying to play a song, let's imagine, for example, something from the Beatles. You can play them. Imagine song you can't write by playing on Lee. The courts that appear in this formula try to do that. This is a very simple but effective way to try to play a song and try to find their courts using this formula. Of course, at the beginning, play only tree notes courts. That's okay. That's perfectly well, don't try to start playing with seven course if you don't feel very confident about that. So you have any questions, please? Let me know. I'm pretty sure that you will find this your for measure really informative and helpful. Injured Journey to improve your music series. Thank you.