Writing Music 101: Scales & Modes | Jason Rivera | Skillshare

Writing Music 101: Scales & Modes

Jason Rivera, Composer

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8 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:22
    • 2. Defining Scales

      1:51
    • 3. Major Scales

      8:23
    • 4. Natural Minor Scales

      5:20
    • 5. Harmonic Minor Scales

      3:04
    • 6. Melodic Minor Scales

      3:26
    • 7. Modes

      9:59
    • 8. Class Assignment

      6:37

About This Class

Gain an understanding of musical scales and modes with composer Jason Rivera. This 40-minute class covers the essentials of how to build and use scales and modes in your music—walking you through the process step-by-step with demonstrations on the piano.

The main topics covered in this class are:

  • Defining Scales
  • Major Scales
  • Natural Minor Scales
  • Harmonic Minor Scales
  • Melodic Minor Scales
  • Modes

For your class assignment you will complete a short series of written exercises designed to help solidify your new knowledge of scales and modes.

Anyone interested in cultivating their skills as a songwriter and/or composer can benefit from this class. This class is designed for beginner to intermediate songwriters and composers. Basic knowledge of music notation, an understanding of the fundamentals of music theory, access to and the ability to play scales on an instrument is recommended.

Once you’ve taken this class on scales, check out my beginner's classes on writing melodies, Writing Music 101: Composing Melodies and Writing Music 101: Composing Melodies II where you’ll learn how to put your knowledge of scales and modes into practical use.