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Scale Degrees

  • Scale degrees are given numbers as well as names.  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 is also Tonic, Super Tonic, Mediant, Sub Dominant, Dominant, Sub Mediant, Leading Tone.

Scale Degrees

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Objectives 0:08
  • Tonic 0:25
  • Supertonic 1:52
  • Mediant 3:39
  • Subdominant 5:03
  • Dominant 6:53
  • Submediant 9:13
  • Leading Tone 11:10
  • Altered Scale Degrees in Natural Minor 13:30
    • Natural Minor has a Flat Mediant (3rd), Flat Submediant (6th), and FlatLeading Tone (7th)
  • Altered Scale Degrees in Harmonic Minor 15:10
    • Harmonic Minor has a Flat Mediant (3rd), Flat Submediant (6th), and Sharp Leading Tone (7th)
  • Altered Scale Degrees in Melodic Minor 16:42
    • Melodic Minor is Different Ascending and Descending
    • Melodic Minor has an Ascending Flat Median (3rd), Sharp Submediant (6th), and Sharp Leading Tone (7th), but a Descending Flat Mediant (3rd), Flat Submediant (6th), and Flat Leading Tone (7th)
  • Example 1: Finding the Tonic 18:34
  • Example 2: Finding the Supertonic 19:18
  • Example 3: Finding the Mediant 19:55
  • Example 4: Finding the Subdominant 20:08
  • Example 5: Finding the Dominant 20:30
  • Example 6: Finding the Submediant 20:54
  • Example 7: Finding the Leading Tone 21:16
  • Example 8: Natural Minor Scale Degrees 21:45
  • Example 9: Harmonic Minor Scale Degrees 22:26
  • Example 10: Melodic Minor Scale Degrees 24:07