The Major Scale

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The Major Scale - Quiz

This is a music quiz about the major scale


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is a scale?

    • A.

      A selection of certain keys within a measure

    • B.

      A selection of certain instruments within a band

    • C.

      A selection of certain notes within an octave

    • D.

      A selection of certain bars within a symphony

    • E.

      A selection of certain harmonies within a clef signature

    Correct Answer
    C. A selection of certain notes within an octave
    Explanation
    A scale is a selection of certain notes within an octave. It is a musical concept that represents a specific sequence of pitches or tones. A scale typically consists of a series of notes arranged in ascending or descending order, with specific intervals between each note. Scales are fundamental building blocks in music theory and are used to create melodies, harmonies, and chords. They provide a framework for understanding and organizing musical elements within a specific key or tonality.

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  • 2. 

    What is the formula for the major scale?

    • A.

      W W W h W W W h

    • B.

      W W h W W h

    • C.

      W W h h W W h h

    • D.

      W W h W W W h

    • E.

      W W h W W h

    Correct Answer
    D. W W h W W W h
    Explanation
    The formula for the major scale is W W h W W W h. This formula represents the pattern of whole steps (W) and half steps (h) that are used to construct a major scale. Starting from any note, you would move up a whole step, then another whole step, then a half step, followed by three more whole steps and finally a half step. This pattern of intervals creates the distinctive sound and structure of a major scale.

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  • 3. 

    What are the notes in the C Major scale?

    • A.

      C D E F G A B

    • B.

      C D# E F G Ab B

    • C.

      C D# E F Gb A B

    • D.

      C D E F# G A B

    • E.

      C D E F# G A Bb

    Correct Answer
    A. C D E F G A B
    Explanation
    The correct answer is C D E F G A B. This is the correct sequence of notes in the C Major scale. In the C Major scale, there are no sharps or flats, so the notes are all natural. The C Major scale is a fundamental scale in music theory and is often used as a reference point for understanding other scales and chords.

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  • 4. 

    What are the notes of the Eb Major scale?

    • A.

      Eb F G# Ab B C D

    • B.

      Eb F# G A Bb C D

    • C.

      Eb F G A# B C D

    • D.

      Eb F G# Ab Bb C# D

    • E.

      Eb F G Ab Bb C D

    Correct Answer
    E. Eb F G Ab Bb C D
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Eb F G Ab Bb C D. This is the correct answer because it follows the pattern of the Eb Major scale, which is a series of whole and half steps. The notes in the Eb Major scale are Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, and D. Each note in the scale is a whole step apart, except for the half steps between the 3rd and 4th notes (G and Ab) and the 7th and 8th notes (D and Eb). Therefore, the correct answer is Eb F G Ab Bb C D.

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  • 5. 

    How many sharps does the D Major scale have?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      4

    • E.

      5

    Correct Answer
    B. 2
    Explanation
    The D Major scale has two sharps, which are F# and C#. In the key of D Major, the notes D, E, F#, G, A, B, and C# are played, with the F and C notes being raised by a half step. This creates a bright and uplifting sound characteristic of the D Major key.

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  • 6. 

    Which notes on a piano keyboard do not have a black key between them?

    • A.

      A,B & F,G

    • B.

      B,C & D,E

    • C.

      C,D & F,G

    • D.

      B,C & E,F

    • E.

      A,B & D,E

    Correct Answer
    D. B,C & E,F
    Explanation
    The notes B,C and E,F on a piano keyboard do not have a black key between them. This is because the black keys on a piano are sharps or flats, and these notes do not have a sharp or flat between them.

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  • 7. 

    What note is the same as B#?

    • A.

      A

    • B.

      Bb

    • C.

      C

    • D.

      Cb

    • E.

      C#

    Correct Answer
    C. C
    Explanation
    The note that is the same as B# is C. In music theory, B# is enharmonically equivalent to C. This means that although they have different names, they represent the same pitch on a musical scale. Therefore, C is the correct answer.

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  • 8. 

    What note is a whole step up from Ab?

    • A.

      A

    • B.

      B

    • C.

      Bb

    • D.

      B#

    • E.

      C

    Correct Answer
    C. Bb
    Explanation
    The note that is a whole step up from Ab is Bb. In music theory, a whole step refers to the distance of two semitones or two half steps. Since Ab is one half step below A, the note that is a whole step above Ab would be two half steps above, which is Bb.

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  • 9. 

    For a whole step, you move over how many piano keys?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      4

    • E.

      5

    Correct Answer
    B. 2
    Explanation
    In music theory, a whole step refers to the distance between two adjacent keys on a piano, regardless of whether they are white or black keys. Moving over two piano keys corresponds to a whole step. Therefore, the correct answer is 2.

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  • 10. 

    If you start at C and go up 2 whole steps and 1 half step, then you will end up at....

    • A.

      D#

    • B.

      Eb

    • C.

      E

    • D.

      F

    • E.

      F#

    Correct Answer
    D. F
    Explanation
    Starting at C and going up 2 whole steps (which is equivalent to 4 half steps) and 1 half step will take us to F.

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