Monday, October 6, 2014

Major, Melodic Minor, Diminished & Whole Tone Scales Chart

I don't use this chart much these days as I've internalized it, but it has gone through quite a lot over the years as the picture below shows. It presents each note of major, melodic minor modes, as well as diminished and whole tone harmony. The fact that every note is laid out in a comprehensive way has helped me understand and learn the relationship between these harmonies, and the connections within each of them.

The annotations on this chart have made me understand just how important the major scale is. As you can see, it seems I used this chart a lot when I was learning my major scales, modes and chords, but the melodic minor, diminished and whole tone parts have much less scribbling on them because they were easier to conceptualize and learn, building on the knowledge gained through learning the major scale in and out.

I've replicated the chart which you can download in a convenient PDF format without the tape and annotations! ;)

Major, Melodic Minor, Diminished, Whole Tone, Scales Chart,
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