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75 Lessons for Music

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - A

Example A blues progression from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z

The blues progressions and all their possible harmonic variations are great for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - B

Example B blues progression from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z

The blues progressions and all their possible harmonic variations are great for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - C

Example C blues progression from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z

The blues progressions and all their possible harmonic variations are great for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - D

Example D blues progression from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z

The blues progressions and all their possible harmonic variations are great for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - E

Example E blues progression from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z

The blues progressions and all their possible harmonic variations are great for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - F

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - F from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - G

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - G from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - H

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - H from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - I

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - I from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - J

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - J from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - K

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - K from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - L

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - L from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - M

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - M from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - N

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - N from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - O

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - O from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - P

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - P from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - Q

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - Q from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - R

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - R from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - S

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - S from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - T

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - T from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - U

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - U from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - V

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - V from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - W

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - W from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - X

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - X from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - Y

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - Y from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - Z

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - Z from my book A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z.

The blues progression and all their possible harmonic variations is a great progression for exploring chords and chord substitution principles.

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Chord Spelling - An Alternate Approach

An alternate approach to determining the chord tones of any chord. Bottom-line is, it's the notes that make the chord, not the shape. A C chord is C, E, G - NOT this or that shape.

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Common Chord Progressions for the Key of A

Common chord progressions for the key of A. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of A.

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Common Chord Progressions for the Key of Ab

Common chord progressions for the key of Ab. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of Ab.

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Common Chord Progressions for the Key of B

Common chord progressions for the key of B. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of B.

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Common Chord Progressions for the Key of Bb

Common chord progressions for the key of Bb. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of Bb.

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Common Chord Progressions for the Key of C#

Common chord progressions for the key of C#. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of C#.

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Common Chord Progressions for the Key of Cb

Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of Cb.

The key of Cb is pretty rare – but actually an easy key to relate to the key of C. The key of C has ALL natural notes and the key of Cb has all flat notes for the scale: Cb Db Eb Fb Gb Ab Bb Cb`.

The names of the notes are the easy part, the chords are typically played as movable form chords with only the Fb ( the enharmonic equivalent name is E ) available as an open string in the C tuning.

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Common Chord Progressions for the Key of Db

Common chord progressions for the key of Db. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of Db.

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Common Chord Progressions for the Key of E

Common chord progressions for the key of E. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of E.

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Common Chord Progressions for the Key of Eb

Common chord progressions for the key of Eb. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of Eb.

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Common Chord Progressions for the Key of F

Common chord progressions for the key of F. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of F.

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Common Chord Progressions for the Key of F#

Common chord progressions for the key of F#. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of F#.

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Common Chord Progressions for the Key of G

Common chord progressions for the key of G. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of G.

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Demystifying Cut Time by Chuck Anderson

This is a guest lesson/article by internationally renowned jazz guitarist and educator Chuck Anderson

Cut Time is a source of confusion for many musicians. What exactly does it mean and how do you apply it?

Too often cut time is thought of as having two beats in a measure. There are not two beats in a measure of cut time - there are four beats in a measure of cut time. So what makes this different than common time ie four beats in the measure?

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Ear Training

Ear Training is the development of the active and passive capability to relate to music aurally. This includes the ability to recognize melodic and harmonic intervals, chords, chords progressions, rhythm, melody and harmony.

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Glossary of Music Terms

A glossary of common music terms. Common and not so common music terms. Knowing the language and terms used with music aides in your own understanding when exploring your music potential.

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Harmonic Analysis - Basic Concepts

Harmonic Analysis is the process of determining the root movement of chords within a chord progression, the chord types that are used as well as identifying tonal centers. This root movement can be determined and categorized using one of six harmonic principles and the harmonized chord charts reference in the lessons. These six harmonic principles are covered in the lessons of this series.

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Harmonic Analysis - Chord Substitution Principles

A substitution is when a chord replaces or is used in addition to an existing chord.

Chords can have a active or passive quality to them. Active chords tend to be restless and want to move on to other chords. Passive chords tend to offer a feeling of rest and resolution. This cycle of active and passive chords are what gives chord progressions their feeling of movement.

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Harmonic Analysis - Chromatic

Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution. This lesson covers the Chromatic harmonic principle.

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Harmonic Analysis - Cycles

Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution. This lesson covers the Cycles harmonic principle.

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Harmonic Analysis - Full Diatonic

Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution. This lesson covers the Full Diatonic harmonic principle.

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Harmonic Analysis - Internal Modulation

Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution. This lesson covers the Internal Modulation harmonic principle.

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Harmonic Analysis - Introduction

Harmonic Analysis (HA) is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression, sequence, composition or song. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and has a particular chord type.

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Harmonic Analysis - Partial Diatonic

Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution. This lesson covers the partial Diatonic harmonic principle.

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Harmonic Analysis - Scale Selection

Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution. This lesson covers the vertical and horizontal scale selection.

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Harmonic Analysis - Unresolved

Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution. This lesson covers the Unresolved harmonic principle.

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Harmonic Analysis - Worksheet and Examples

Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution. This lesson contains a blank worksheet and several completed examples using standards from the jazz repertoire.

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Harmonic Analysis Lesson Series

Harmonic Analysis ( HA ) is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and has a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord’s root to a scale determines its function within that scale’s tonality. Once a chord’s function is identified, scale selections along with chord and scale substitutions can be made. This process is called Root Movement Analysis ( RMA ).

This series of lessons are extracted from my book for use with individual private and on-line students. Each lesson directly corresponds the chapters in my book Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord substitution by Curt Sheller (me).

Once you learn chords the real power and benefit comes from knowing how they relate to each other.

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Key Signatures - Introduction

A key signature is a summary of the sharps or flats in a Major or it’s relative Natural Minor scale.

Key signatures are generally written immediately after the clef at the beginning of a line of standard musical notation. Each major and minor key has an associated key signature that sharpens or flattens the notes which are used in its scale.

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Key Signatures and the Cycle of Fifths and Fourths

There is a load of information in traditional Key Signatures. Unlocking the principles in this circle leads to a better understanding of music and how things work.

A key signature is a series of sharp or flat symbols placed on the staff, designating the notes that are to be consistently played higher or lower than the equivalent natural notes. Key signatures are generally written immediately after the clef at the beginning of a line of musical notation. Each major and minor key has an associated key signature that sharpens or flattens the notes which are used in its scale.

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Metronome - Playing in Time

There is no way around it. A musician must be able to play in time. Playing in time is an important musical skill for ALL musicians. A metronome is an external time device for developing an accurate internal time.

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Modular Phonetic Rhythm

Modular Phonetic Rhythm represents a significant advance in the teaching and application of rhythm. Eliminating many inefficient aspects of rhythm education, Modular Phonetic Rhythm streamlines the traditional educational approach, resulting in a reflexive reaction to rhythm.

This approach is applicable to all ages and to all styles of music. It has applications for the individual musician as well as for groups such as orchestra, jazz band, marching band, small groups etc.

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Modular Phonetic Rhythm, Level I Pairs Worksheet

Level I rhythmic syllable pairs for developing your ukulele strums vocabulary.

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Modular Phonetic Rhythm, Level II Pairs Worksheet

Level II rhythmic syllable pairs for developing your ukulele strums vocabulary.

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Primary Chords - G Major

The primary chords for any major key are the I, IV and V chords of its corresponding major scale. For G Major the primary chords are: G, C, D and D7

From the primary and secondary chords of a major key countless songs and chords progressions can be played.

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QuickStart Chord Progressions Play-along Tracks, Introduction and Tuning Notes

The QUICKSTART Rhythm Section CD contains 24 unique styles designed for contemporary lead guitar. Each track is devoted to a scale covered in the QUICKSTART Scale Fingerings for Lead Guitar. There are four background tracks for each scale featuring the chords of the scale. These tracks give you the opportunity to explore the sound of each scale in a lead guitar setting.

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QuickStart Chord Progressions, Aeolian Play-along Tracks

Four premium practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring the Aeolian scale. Suitable for any instrument.

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QuickStart Chord Progressions, Blues Play-along Tracks

Four premium practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring the Blues scale. Suitable for any instrument.

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QuickStart Chord Progressions, Dorian Play-along Tracks

Four premium practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring the Dorian scale. Suitable for any instrument.

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QuickStart Chord Progressions, Ionian Play-along Tracks

Four premium practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring the Ionian scale. Suitable for any instrument.

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QuickStart Chord Progressions, Mixolydian Play-along Tracks

Four premium practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring the Mixolydian scale. Suitable for any instrument.

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QuickStart Chord Progressions, Pentatonic Play-along Tracks

Four premium practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring the Pentatonic scale. Suitable for any instrument.

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Standard Music Notation

Rather than do a complete lesson on standard music notation. Why reinvent the wheel. There are lot of great resources on-line and books in music stores that already exsist. Here is my take on several of the offerings.

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The Chromatic Scale

The only scale in music with ALL twelve notes of one octave. Not much use for improvisation or solos – but a great scale for learning the notes of the next, figuring out scales, chords and more...

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The Major Scale

The Major Scale or Ionian scale is a diatonic scale, made up of seven distinct notes, plus an eighth which duplicates the first one octave higher. In solfege these notes correspond to the syllables “Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti/Si, (Do)”.

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The Major Scale

Not called the learning scale for a reason. The major scale is a great scale for learning how music and chords work. Its a core scale from which a majority of your core, essential scales can be derived. There are 15 major scales.

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Understanding Diatonic Intervals

An interval is the distance between two notes. An interval has a name and a type. Intervals can be played one note (melodic) or two notes (harmonic) at a time, ascending or descending.

Simple and Compound Intervals are taken from a major scale.

Chromatic Intervals are NOT taken from a major scale. They are derived from the diatonic intervals.

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What is a Blues Progression?

The Blues are at the heart of all American music. It has influenced Country, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Bluegrass and just about every form of American music we listen to today.

The Blues - a chord progression, a scale, a feeling. This UkuleleLesson presents an introduction to the blues progression and a couple of scale position of the pentatonic scale to get you started improvising.

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Whole Steps and Half Steps Explained

The distance between any two notes can be defined by steps - half steps and whole steps. From this series of steps you can get the names of the notes of ANY of the fifteen major scales.

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