Scales and Key Signatures

Print outs

Blank Manuscript staff-with-keyboard

Creating Scales on the Treble Clef Worksheet

Major Scale Formula pdf

ORDER OF SHARPS AND FLATS pdf

Circle of 5ths for Completion Handout

 

 

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MAJOR SCALES

  1. Handout – Blank Manuscript staff-with-keyboard – blank staff with keyboard and circle of 5ths
  2. Creating Major scales using Whole and Half Steps     W-W-H-W-W-W-H- Major Scales on MusicTheory.net

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Using this formula you can create a major scale starting on any pitch on the piano keyboard.

On a piece of blank music manuscript staff-with-keyboard create the C Major scale above in both the Treble and Bass clefs.

Next create a B flat Major scale using the formula above to find out the key signature needed for B flat Major.

Be sure you start on the B flat and then continue with the formula. Then at the end count up the flats used and they will become your key signature.

 

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Minor Scales

 

To create a minor scale the formula will be a bit different but still using the whole and half steps.  The formula is W H W W H W W

The Major scale with no sharps or flats in it was C Major.

The minor scale with no sharps or flats in it is A Minor

Try playing the A minor scale on the piano by starting on an A and only playing the white keys.

The pitches you will end up playing are A B C D E F G A

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Key Signatures written in Treble and Bass Clefs

Circle of Fifths

that shows the Major keys on the outside ring and the minor keys on the inside ring.

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It is good to memorize all of the Major Key Signatures.  There are only 15 in total.  C with none, and 7 flat key signatures, and 7 sharp key signature

Student Handout – Circle of 5ths for Completion