Scales and scale-like passages

History of the World in Seven Acts

There are 7 notes in the musical alphabet (C D E F G A B).

When 8 or more consecutive notes are played, one after the other, (e.g. C D E F G A B C) it is called a SCALE.

Most Western music is based around MAJOR (happy sounding) and MINOR (sad sounding) scales. A ‘scale-like’ passage might have fewer notes, or some small leaps in it as well.

Below are the films required for this lesson. The PDF downloads include: the Scheme of Work (which includes all lesson plans) and lesson plan 4 as a single document.

  • 6. Tom Introduces Scales

  • History of the World in Seven Acts
    Music by Michael Gandolfi
    Computer Animation by Jonathan Bachrach
    Full performance with Animation
    Music performed by Psappha Ensemble

    Conrad Marshall  flute
    Dov Goldberg  clarinet
    Benjamin Powell  piano
    Tim Williams  percussion
    Benedict Holland  violin
    Jennifer Langridge  cello

  • Psappha Performs
    History of the World in Seven Acts
    Music by Michael Gandolfi

    Conrad Marshall  flute
    Dov Goldberg  clarinet
    Benjamin Powell  piano
    Tim Williams  percussion
    Benedict Holland  violin
    Jennifer Langridge  cello