The major scales in the circle of fifths

Major scales - Circle of fifths - Saxophone lessons - Thomas Kimmerle - Tenor Saxophone

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The twelve major scales in the circle of fifths are the “basic basics” ! Sozusagen das Einmal-Eins der Musik.
Every instrumentalist should have mastered them and internalized them reflexively.

The major scale of the first degree, also called the ionic scale or ionic mode, consists of a certain sequence of whole and semitone steps.
The semitone steps are between the 3. and 4. tone and the 7. and 8. tone.
There is a whole tone step between all other tones.

The phone number for major: 3478

The sound characteristics of a major scale are widely described as “cheerful”, “clear” and “bright”.

In the following you will find all 12 major scales as PDF for alto and tenor saxophone with the appropriate accompanying music.

The accompanying music starts with C major, so the alto saxophone starts with A major and the tenor saxophone with D major. Both saxophones – alto saxophone in Eb & tenor saxophone in Bb – are “transposing” instruments and are not notated in “concert key”.

When you practice the scales, please make sure that you play every single note consciously and beautifully.
If the accompaniment is still too fast, practice at a slower tempo without the rhythm section at first. Important, no matter at what pace, is the constancy! A metronome offers you good support for this.

Major scales in the circle of fifths - Alto Saxophone

Major scales in the circle of fifths

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Major scales in the circle of fifths - Tenor Saxophone

Major scales in the circle of fifths

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