Using multiple scales in one song?



Asked by: Michelle Grasso

Can you use multiple scales in one song?





Yes, this is done routinely. Also, you might have C# minor for one part of the song and then E major for another part of the song. Quite a lot of music uses key changes like that – i.e., changing scales in the middle of a song.

How many scales can you use in a song?

There are 12 major scales – one for each of the 12 notes in an octave. There are 3 types of minor scales: natural, harmonic and melodic, so 3* 12 =36 minor scales.

Can you mix scales and keys?

Generally, songs are written IN a major or natural minor key. But you can play scales and chords FROM a different key. Take the chord CMaj7. It can be derived both FROM the key of C Major and G Major (C Lydian).

Does a song have to be in one scale?

There’s alot of different types of scales, apart from major and minor. For example: you cannot produce the song, Misirlou in a major or minor scale; you’d have to play it in a special scale called the Phrygian Dominant.

How do you combine scales?





Okay but when you're playing the scale when you play an e major scale. You're playing the notes uh e f g sharp. A okay a lot of times when i play this this arpeggio and i'm adding that major seventh.

What scales to improvise over chords?

It is hard to go wrong with Pentatonic Scales. They limit themselves to 5 notes that work well over many different chords. The rule is to use Major pentatonic scales over major chords and minor pentatonic scales over minor chords. This works well for most chords.

Can you play any song in any scale?

Re: Can any song be played in any scale? Yes, any song can be played in any scale. * Often people will change the key (scale) of a song so that it will fit a particular singer’s voice better. For instance, a woman with a high voice would prefer a different key than a man with a low voice.

What scale are most songs written?

More than a third of all songs are in one of four keys: G major, C major, D major, and A major. That all of these keys are major keys is unsurprising — with the exceptions of A minor, E minor, and B minor, none of the minor keys were even able to break 4%.

Is every song in a key?

There are songs that might as well not have a key, with so many accidentals that it basically becomes tonal soup. However, even those have a key to start with.



How do I know what key I sing in?

Figure out what the low no it is and you put it in your voice. Just about the lowest note you can hit. So if the song is autumn leaves.

How do you know what scale a song is listening to?

Look at the notes used in the song and try to identify the major or minor scale notes.

  1. The major and minor scales use the same notes, but they start in a different place. If you can see pieces of these scales in the song, you’ll be able to identify the scale.
  2. You can also look at the first and last notes of the song.




Are scales and keys the same?

A scale is a defined set of ordered pitches. A key is the use of a scale in actual music. To say that a piece is in the Key of A, would mean that usually most of the notes in the piece would follow the tonal rules of the A Major scale.

How do you memorize scales?

Everything on camera is opposite. So it's going to the right. So it goes F sharp C sharp G sharp d sharp a sharp a sharp B sharp.

What is the most common key in music?

C (and its relative minor, A) are the most common by far. After that there is a general trend favoring key signatures with less sharps and flats but this is not universal.