Scales are probably the most useful note pattern to become familiar with. Scales are simply all of the notes played one at a time up and down. On the fiddle, one note per finger plus open strings will generate a scale. All of the white keys of the piano form a scale of seven different notes before reaching the octave, the eighth note. If you start on the A (220 beats per second) just below middle C, then the octave note is also an A because it is precisely double the frequency (440 beats per second) and sounds to our ears like the same note but higher. (See article on the frequencies of nature in archives at left, from June 2015.)
If you are familiar with scales you can much more easily learn by ear, as it will help you group notes as you learn a tune, so that you don’t have to think about each note individually.
For beginners, scales serve many purposes, including Continue reading What’s in a Scale?