Scales and Key Signatures

Mandolin Theory – Key Signature Calculation

In musical notation, a key signature is a set of sharp or flat symbols placed together on the staff. Key signatures are generally written immediately after the clef at the beginning of a line of musical notation, although they can appear in other parts of a score, notably after a [...]

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Mandolin Theory – Key Signatures

In musical notation, a key signature is a set of sharp or flat symbols placed together on the staff. Key signatures are generally written immediately after the clef at the beginning of a line of musical notation, although they can appear in other parts of a score, notably after a [...]

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Mandolin Theory – Scale Degrees

Scales refer to a series of notes that go in an ascending and descending manner. In music theory, a scale degree is the name given to a particular note of a scale to specify its position relative to the tonic (the main note of the scale). The tonic is considered to [...]

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Mandolin Theory – The Minor Scales

Scales refer to a series of notes that go in an ascending and descending manner. The notes of the minor scale, unlike the notes on a major scale that sound bright and cheerful,  sound solemn and sad. In music theory, minor scale may refer to the natural minor, harmonic minor, and [...]

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Mandolin Theory – The Major Scale

Scales refer to a series of notes that go in an ascending and descending manner. The major scale is the foundation from which all other scales are formed. A major scale is a diatonic scale. The sequence of intervals between the notes of a major scale is: "whole, whole, half, [...]

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