07 Apr

Sharp Scales & Circle of Fifths

In this article, we are going to learn the sharp scales & circle of fifths.

Let us, deep-dive, into major scales and its analysis. As we already know, major scales sound happy. They are one of the most common types of scales, popularly used in Bollywood music.  

The 12 major scales can be further classified into –

6 sharp scales6 flat scales

Sharp Scales: (#)

The first 6 major scales are called as the sharp scales. Note that, no flats appear in a sharp scale.

The order of these 6 sharp major scales is decided by using the Circle of Fifths.  

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Sharp Scales

C major scale

G major scale

D major scale

A major scale

E major scale

B major scale

What is Circle of Fifths?

For the first 6 sharp major scales, the next scale in the sequence is the 5th note from the current scale. 

For Example,

1. Let the current scale be C major scale – C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. The fifth note is G. So, the next scale in the sequence would be G major scale. 

2. Let the current scale be E major scale – E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#, E. The fifth note is B. So, the next scale in the sequence would be B major scale. 

All 6 Sharp Major Scales in a Table

Tip: Remember the names of sharps in the order of their origin i.e F#, C#, G#, D#, A#. And these too are in the intervals of fifths.

C major scale
G major scale
D major scale
A major scale
E major scale
B major scale
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F#
F#, C#
F#, C#, G#
F#, C#, G#, D#
F#, C#, G#, D#, A#

Tip:

  1. Every new scale has only one new sharp in addition to all the sharps from the previous scale.
  2. This new sharp is the 7th note from the scale. 

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