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C Major Scale | Diatonic Triads | String Set 123

Create diatonic triads in a major scale by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

 

 

Note the position of the root noteson strings set 123

  • 1st inversion → root on 1st string
  • 2nd inversion → root on 2nd string
  • root position → root on 3rd string

 

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Comparing modes in terms of tetrachords

Find previous blog posts covering tetrachords in part 1part 2 and part 3 of this tutorial.

 

Modes and tetrachords | Root note C

Comparing modes in terms of tetrachords

 

Comparing modes in terms of tetrachords helps you to get familiar with

  • the structure of scales
  • the fingerings of scale patterns
  • the sound of modes
  • the brightness and darkness of modes

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C major scale | Modes in terms of tetrachords

Find previous blog posts covering tetrachords in part 1 and part 2 of this tutorial.  

 

C Ionian Scale

The C Ionian Scale is a combination of the Cmaj tetrachord and the Gmaj tetrachord separated by a major second (2).

C ionian scale in terms of tetrachords

 

G Mixolydian Scale

The G Mixolydian Scale is a combination of the Gmaj tetrachord and the Dmin tetrachord separated by a major second (2). The upper Gmaj tetrachord of the C ionian scale becomes the lower tetrachord of the G mixolydian scale.

G mixolydian scale in terms of tetrachords

 

D Dorian Scale

The D Dorian Scale is a combination of the Dmin tetrachord and the Amin tetrachord separated by a major second (2). The upper Dmin tetrachord of the G mixolydian scale becomes the lower tetrachord of the D dorian scale.

D dorian scale in terms of tetrachords

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Modes in terms of tetrachords

Tetrachords | Major | Minor | Phrygian | Whole-Tone

See part 1 of this tutorial here.

 

Major Tetrachord

major tetrachord is a series of four notes with the interval pattern tone – tone – semitone (2-2-b2).

modes major tetrachord

 

Minor Tetrachord

minor tetrachord is a series of four notes with the interval pattern tone – semitone – tone (2-b2-2).

modes minor tetrachord

 

Phrygian Tetrachord

phrygian tetrachord is a series of four notes with the interval pattern semitone – tone – tone (b2-2-2).

modes phrygian tetrachord

 

Whole-Tone Tetrachord

whole-tone tetrachord is a series of four notes with the interval pattern tone – tone – tone (2-2-2).

modes whole-tone tetrachord

 

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Tetrachords | Circle of Fifths | Part 1

Major Tetrachords · Major Scales

 

A major tetrachord is a series of four notes with the interval pattern tone – tone – semitone (2-2-b2).

major-tetrachords

 

A major scale is a combination of two major tetrachords separated by a major second (2).

major-scale

 

Cmaj Scale

major-scale-two-major-tetrachords

The Cmaj scale is a combination of the Cmaj tetrachord and the Gmaj tetrachord separated by a whole-tone.

 

Gmaj Scale

The upper tetrachord G A B C of the Cmaj scale becomes the lower tetrachord of the Gmaj scale.

major-scale-two-major-tetrachords-gmaj-scale

The Gmaj scale is a combination of the Gmaj tetrachord and the Dmaj tetrachord separated by a whole-tone.

 

Dmaj Scale

The upper tetrachord D E F# G of the Gmaj scale becomes the lower tetrachord of the Dmaj scale.

D-major-scale-two-major-tetrachords

 

The Dmaj scale is a combination of the Dmaj tetrachord and the Amaj tetrachord separated by a whole-tone.

 

And so on…continuing this series of tetrachords will result in the circle of fifths.

 

Series of Major Tetrachords → Circle of Fifths

 

major-tetrachords-circle-of-fifths

 

See part 2 of this tutorial here

Diminished Scale | Dominant Diminished Scale

This Keynote presentation deals with the Diminished Scale & Dominant Diminished Scale and the correlating chords. The scale- and chord diagrams were created with the fonts Chords and Scales. No images or shapes were used.

Screenshot | Keynote Presentation

Dominant Diminished Scale

 

Diminished Scale

Use the diminished scale (symmetric diminished scale) for diminished seventh chords. It is an eight-note scale built by alternating whole steps and half steps.

e.g. use C diminished scale for Cdim7

Dominant Diminished Scale

Use the dominant diminished scale for 7(b9) chords. It is an eight-note scale built by alternating half steps and whole steps.

e.g. use C dominant diminished for C7(b9)

 

Diminished Scale · Dominant Diminished Scale · Chords

Create dominant seventh chords by lowering any note of a diminished seventh chord a minor second.

Harmonic Major Scale | Diatonic Chords

Completing my previous blog posts about diatonic chords in the major scale, harmonic minor scale and  jazz melodic minor scale  this Keynote presentation deals with the Harmonic Major Scale and its diatonic chords. The scale- and chord diagrams were created with the fonts Chords and Scales. No images or shapes were used.

Create diatonic seventh chords in a harmonic major scale by just shifting the root of each seventh chord up a diatonic second.

Harmonic Major Scale | Diatonic Chords

 

Scales Library

Note for existing users: please send me an email to get the harmonic major scale diagrams for free. The Scales font family needs to be installed on your computer to display the diagrams!

  • 142 free harmonic major scale diagrams
  • in all keys and fret positions
  • for six string guitar
  • add the scale diagrams to your Scales library folder
  • requirements: Scales font family | Mac OS X

 

Spotlight Search Criteria

All diagrams are tagged with keywords helping you to narrow down your search results by typing specific criteria (see also → Library).

Searching for specific scale names

To find harmonic major scale diagrams type the root note  followed by the scale name as shown in the screenshot below.

Harmonic Major Scale

 

Call up the Spotlight menu and type e.g. Db harmonic major. As you type Spotlight builds the list of every match it can find tagged with Db harmonic major. Choose the scale diagram you wish to insert and drag and drop it into an open Pages, Keynote, Guitar Pro or another eligible document.

Chords and Scales Trials | Update

Today I published updated trial versions of the fonts Chords and Scales.

The update contains minor improvements.

Download the free trials here.

Diatonic seventh chords on different string sets

Another Keynote presentation illustrating chord- and scale diagrams created with the fonts Chords VI and Scales VI. No images or shapes were used.

Create diatonic seventh chords in a major scale by shifting the root of each seventh chord up a diatonic second. Build chords with the same inversions on string sets 1234, 2345 and 3456.

Major Scale | Diatonic seventh chords on different string sets

 

 

Chords and Scales | Free Upgrade

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Chords and Scales | Six frets

Today I published two new font families Chords VI and Scales VI for neck diagrams. These fonts are an addition to the fonts Chords and Scales expanding the possibilities to create chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams in Mac OS X and iOS with six frets. The  font families Chords VI and Scales VI contain the three font styles

  • Normal
  • Nut and
  • Dot

Additionally this upgrade includes:

  • barré chords up to nine strings for Chords and Chords VI

 

Chords and Scales Library

By now the Chords and Scales library coming with fonts for neck diagrams includes about 10.000 chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams for guitar, not to mention your custom neck diagrams.

All these diagrams are compatible with the new font families Chords VI and Scales VI as well. Call up the Spotlight menu, choose the neck diagrams you wish to insert and paste them into your document or Keynote presentation. In the font menu change the font familiy from Chords resp. Scales to Chords VI resp. Scales VI.

 

Free Upgrade

This is a free upgrade for existing users.