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Musical scales on the staff.

G Major and G minor scales are parallel diatonic scales.

Image © Brandy Kraemer
Definition: A musical scale is:
  1. A series of notes following a specific pattern of intervals. For example:


  2. A series of notes used for practicing a musical instrument. Scales are played repeatedly until perfected, and often target a specific skill such as dexterity, speed, pitch-perception, or sight-reading.

Also Known As:
  • scala musicale (It)
  • échelle musicale (Fr)
  • Tonleiter; Skala (Ger)

Pronunciation: skayll

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