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Thread #41608   Message #600998
Posted By: Jeri
30-Nov-01 - 12:33 PM
Thread Name: Scared of Music theory? Faggggedaboudit!
Subject: RE: Scared of Music theory? Faggggedaboudit!
Rick, you seem mighty double-spacy today!

I often think a little wheel doohicky would be a great invention. An outer wheel with all the notes and half notes, and an inner wheel with markings to point to notes in any scale. You could add another wheel to point to notes in a chord, or anything else.

This is very simple, but it helped me (and hopefully it will work in pre-formatted text):

Major scale:

 C  C# D  D# E  F  F# G  G# A  A# B  C
1_____2_____3__4_____5_____6_____7__1

If you put the above on the outside of a circle, the notes would just repeat.

If you start with D and just move the bar down, (or the inner circle around, if you do it that way) you have a D scale:

 C  C# D  D# E  F  F# G  G# A  A# B  C  C# D
1_____2_____3__4_____5_____6_____7__1

Like I said, it's simple. Understanding intervals is the foundation, and has helped me more than anything else I've ever learned.