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Old 02-12-2001, 11:24 PM
mapletrees mapletrees is offline
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Smile Basic Music Theory - Chapter 2 (with quiz)


Chords are made from major scales, major scales are made from half and whole steps. So, let's make sure you understand half and whole steps.

To move from one note to an adjacent note (whether up or down in pitch) is called a half step.

For example, if you play the 1st string 5th fret and then the 1st string 6th fret (A then A#) you've moved up a half step. If you played the 1st string 5th fret and then the 1st string 4th fret (A then Ab), you've moved a half step down.

Now, if you move two half steps in one direction, we call it a whole step. So on the guitar, a half step just means move one fret and a whole step means move 2 frets.

For example, if you play 1st string 5th fret and then 1st string 7th fret (A then B) you've moved a whole step up. If you play 1st string 5th fret and then 1st string 3rd fret (A to G), you've moved a whole step down.

Remember - There's no note between B and C, and there's no note between E and F.

QUIZTIME

Just name the note that is:

1. a half step up from G

2. a half step up from B

3. a half step down from E

4. a half step down from F

5. a half step up from C#

6. a whole step up from D

7. a whole step down from F#

8. a whole step up from D#

9. a whole step down from C

10. a whole step above B


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