I'm finally getting around to learning the basics, and I'm looking for a good diagram/chart with the scale type steps, for example
where R root note, W whole note, H Half note
Major scale: R W W H W W W H
minor scale: R W H W W H W W
minor scale: R W H W W H 1.5 H
So, is there a chart in existance online that shows, EVERY scale shape for quick reference easy learnings?
Every scale? Ever?
Sounds boring. I prefer numerical notation.
The same thing, notated differently:
1 2 3 4 5 6 ♭7
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 2 3 #4 5 6 7
1 2 ♭3 4 5 6 ♭7
(I'm using "T" for "Tonic". A more accurate terminology when talking about scales and keys.)
We can easily see the relationships between the scales, and pick out the outlier. Only one of them has a ♭3. That's important when you're brainstorming which scale to choose to pair with a chord. For instance, if we've got a major triad, 1 3 5, we probably don't want to involve the ♭3 in there. Or here's another situation:
Chord: 1 ♭3 4 ♭5
1 ♭2 3 4 5 ♭6 7
1 ♭2 ♭3 4 ♭5 6 ♭7
1 2 ♭3 4 5 6 ♭7
The only scale that has all of those chord tones is the second choice. Try gaining that information from the W/H formula.
Chord: R 1.5 W H (I use "R" for "Root" here because I'm talking about a chord.)
Not so apparent. Shapes and such might work in the short term, but you'll benefit more from analyzing this stuff from an intervallic and tonal standpoint. Once you know what's going on with the numbers, the transfer is easy.
Or, you know, you could learn to read standard notation. You see an E♭, you play an E♭ - doesn't matter what your tuning is, doesn't matter which position the note is in (unless indicated), it's straight and to the point.