Music Theory: Rules To Remember When Transforming A Major Scale Into A Minor Scale

Just going a bit further in my music theory today.  I have to say I rather lazy in delving too deep into music theory, but today I push myself a bit in this area.  Anyhow, I’ve come to understand some rules are best to know by heart in order for me to convert a major scale into a minor scale.  The key is to learn about music intervals.

As long I remember that each note in a scale represents a degree.  The distance of a degree from a root note (which represents the scale) represents the degree of a note.  An example would be E note in C major scale is a third degree.  Simple really, C major scale starts with C and the rest goes DEFGABC, and when you count C as root note, D would be 2nd degree, and E would be 3rd degree.  Furthermore, I also need to remember which degree on the major scale and minor scale would have the note to be of the same note.  By this I meant let’s take C major scale, the 2nd degree on C major scale is D natural, and so the 2nd degree on C minor scale would also be D natural.  Both major and minor scales’ degrees that are having the same notes should be 2nd, perfect 4th, perfect 5th, and the root note/octave.

The key to transform a major scale into a minor scale easily is to remember that 3rd, 6th, and 7th degrees are a half step down for major notes to minor notes.  For an example, let’s transform C major scale into minor scale, and we shall see by what I meant.  CDEFGABC is the C major scale.  Minor scale of C should be CD (to stay the same), E major should now be E flat, FG (to stay the same as these are perfect 4th and 5th), A major should now be A flat, B major should now be B flat, and C octave should stay the same as C root note.  Thus, C minor scale is now CDE(b)FGA(b)B(b)C.  I inserted (b) to represent a flat note.

By the way, if you’re reading this and don’t know what a half step down for major to minor, then here is a short explanation of this.  Let’s use a piano scale to easily show this to you.  If you have a piano right in front of you, just take a look at a D natural note for C scale, and a half step down of D natural note would be D flat.  This D flat is the black key on the piano, and this black key is one down or to the very left of the D natural note.  D natural note is naturally a white key.  Half step down rule applies to all keys, and so it does not represent a black key on the piano in case you’re wondering.  Thus whenever someone says that a flat of something or half step down of something, just look to the key which is very left of the former key.

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Note Keeping Tool On Steroid, Also An App In Mac’s App Store, Introducing You The Evernote

Keeping notes nowadays isn’t hard, especially tons of apps on Mac, Windows, Linux and mobile devices such as iPad are easily accessible.  Nonetheless, in my opinion not that many apps have came close to be as awesome as Evernote.  Evernote is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.  In this blog post, I’ll be specifically talking about Evernote on Mac.

Evernote is an app that you can download from Mac’s App Store.  Drag and drop this baby inside your Application and you can begin to use it.  You do have to create an online account with Evernote before you can use the app, but this is cool since Evernote also has a web interface in case you aren’t around your favorite devices.  As long you are near a public computer with an Internet connection, it’s a pretty done deal for you in the case of wanting to access your notes at whatever cost.

Just imagine your favorite note keeping tool is on steroid, this would be Evernote.  Better yet, Evernote has a feature which is known as Sync, and using this feature allows you to hop from one device to the next without losing any note.  Evernote creates your notes inside something they call as notebook.  With Evernote, you can create more than one notebook to organize your notes.

Creating new note is easy since Evernote’s editor is pleasant to use but powerful.  One feature I like is that you can add ToDo checkbox inside your note which is pretty convenient for creating notes such as shopping list.  Talking about shopping list, it’s totally feasible since smart-phone users can download Evernote, open up the shopping list note which they have created on their desktop or laptop a day earlier or however long before the present time thanks to Sync feature, and wandering around inside a shopping center or a grocery store to pick up items that they had recorded inside their notes.

Of course with Evernote you can do a lot more than just create shopping list.  In fact you can clip anything such as a portion of a document or website to your note for editing later.  How about using iSight to snap a snapshot as note?  Obviously, asking such a question to point it out to you that Evernote is allowing you to do just that with iSight.

Since creating notes with Evernote is to simply put you on a course of finding such notes at a later time.  What the point of keeping notes, right?  Evernote has provided many ways for you to pull up a note that you had recorded eons ago.  Since the start of creating a first note, you can already tag the note with tags.  Tags help you pull up notes quickly depending on certain keywords you have in mind.  Finding notes by date is also feasible with Evernote.  Searching for specific text and keywords inside Evernote’s search box also allows you to pull up forgotten notes fast.

With Evernote, you can also exporting notes for backup and later on importing them to restore the notes.  Other cool features that Evernote has such as allowing you to merge notes together.  Oh, sharing notes through email using Evernote is also feasible as long you have an email application installing on your computer.

I think Evernote is one excellent tool for people who have tons of notes to take.  Especially useful for students of all levels.  Evernote is free to download, and free to use.  You can also upgrade your Evernote account to premium, and by doing so Evernote boosts your monthly upload to 1GB each month.  With premium account, Evernote users can also collaborate with each other such as editing the same note together at the same time and so on.  At this point in time of this writing, Evernote charges $5/month or $45/year for a premium account.

By recommending Evernote to you, it doesn’t meant I’ve any affiliate relationship with Evernote’s company.  In fact, I’m only a fan.  I think Evernote deserves my attention fully over all other note keeping utility tools on my computers, because it’s so capable and easy to use.  To learn how to use Evernote on Mac in details, you can visit here.  To learn how to use Evernote’s web interface, you can visit here.  I’m pretty sure you can google for how to use Evernote in details for other operating systems.  Have fun keeping notes with Evernote!