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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Introducing the Major Scale

The major scale is so named because, as you will learn later (in Chapter 9, “The Natural Minor Scale,” and Chapter 10, “Melody and Motives”), the primary chords it offers are bright major chords as opposed to the darker-sounding minor chords of the minor scale. As a scale system in its own right, the major scale has been used by musicians for thousands of years, and it is difficult to estimate how many thousands of pieces of music have been written using it. Certainly today it accounts for a massive number of songs, and its popularity with songwriters shows no sign of waning. There is something universal about the major scale that appeals to everybody. Although it is a generally bright-sounding scale—unlike the more ...

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