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Music Theory: questions about Major and Minor scales
What are major and minor ?
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Kmmoon
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July 10, 2018 - 11:15 am
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Hello everyone,

 

Before digging in the question, I must give an idea about my situation

I played the violin 1 year ago relying in youtube videos that uses tabs but I want to open new world of music by reading the score.

Eventually, learning the score take me to Music Theory and I didn't even know that there are music theories because here in my country (Saudi Arabia, in case you're curious) we don't have music classes in school.

 

My questions are : what does major and minor mean ?

If we have G major it's should be G's from all octaves not G, A, B, C...etc if it has all these notes why it's called G major?

If we have a piece for example Vivaldi concerto in G major? What should I understand from mentioning G major?

I need simple but informative answers as I know very few things about music theory.

Sorry for my bad english and thank in advance.

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Fiddlerman
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July 10, 2018 - 7:37 pm
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G major means that there is one sharp which is F#.
Scales are composed of intervals of whole and half steps. Depending on what note you start on, you'll be playing varying sharps and flats.
Think of major as happy sounding and minor as sad. This is a very basic explanation but there is so much to learn if you are interested. 🙂

Check out the circle of fifths
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circle_of_fifths

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