Understanding and Building Musical Scales: Definitions & Types of Scales


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Which scale has different ascending and descending pitches?

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1. How are the natural minor scale and the harmonic minor scale different?

2. The chromatic scale _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of musical scales and how they are used in different types of music. You'll need to know the different types of scales and their characteristics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on the following:

  • Major scales
  • Minor scales
  • Chromatic scale
  • Pentatonic scale
  • Half and whole steps

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure you understand that different scales have different patterns and different purposes in music
  • Making connections - connect the patterns with their appropriate scales
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as major scale and minor scale
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as diatonic and non-diatonic

Additional Learning

You should also review the accompanying lesson on Understanding and Building Musical Scales. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify some examples of non-diatonic scales
  • Explain why the chromatic scales is useful to know
  • Explain what makes the melodic minor scale unique
  • Differentiate between major and minor scales
  • Identify the number of pitches used in the pentatonic scale