Beginner Guitar Lesson OnLine
Music Theory 101
Lets Roll up Our Sleeves and Get Down on Some Theory!
This Beginner Guitar Lesson OnLine is all about Music Theory, and learn how scales are constructed. We will start with the very basics and you find that this will open the door for you to learn more about theory.
So the total distance in steps from an "A" to an "A" that is one octave higher is 12 one-half steps or 6 whole steps.
These are the exact same notes as the sharp scale, only written in flats. So
So there you have it, just 12 total notes to learn for one octave. The reason to know which notes have half-steps between them and whole steps will become apparent as we go on.
Because we have 12 total notes to work with we can only have 12 total keys to work with. In other words we will have:
and so on until you get to Ab. Typically the keys that are altered to turn a full step or tone into (2) half tones, the key is called a flat and not a sharp. Let me clarify:
First we have the key of A
Next is the key of Bb (not A# - even though it really is that too)! So a listing of all the keys possible are as follows:
Now, each respective scale associated with each key, starts out with a note that is named after the "Key" name. So a scale for the Key of "C", starts with C and ends With C or one octave.
Lets take the Key of "C" for instance. The key of "C" is built of all "naturals". A natural is a note that is neither sharp or flat. The key of "C" would look like this, completely written out:
Notice that there are no sharps or flats? It is built-up of all naturals.
In the next section of Beginner Guitar Lesson OnLine we will give you examples of how to construction the scales from the individual notes.