Originally Posted by wpark523
Learning the Major scale pattern will really help. Distance between 2 notes. wwhwwwh will really help.
EX. C-D = whole, D-E = whole, E-F = Half, and so forth.
Agreed... and thank you for that!
Understanding the difference between half-steps and whole-steps is extremely important; here is some more on the subject.
Look at the piano keyboard. A half-step is the distance from any note to the adjacent note, whether black or white. E-F and B-C are know as the "Natural Half-Steps" because they use white keys/notes. The white notes are referred to by their letter name and the term Natural, Example B-Natural or C-Natural.
The other half-steps on the keyboard will be from white to black or black to white. Example: C-Natural to D-Flat. Notice I didn't say C-Sharp! that's because scales and intervals are always spelled in Alphabetical Order! Remember this rule and you will never again be confused by the difference between sharps and flats.
Simply two half-steps. Examples C-Natural to D-Natural or E-Flat to F-Natural or A-flat to B-Flat (and believe it or not.. A-Sharp to B-Sharp!)
Once you understand the above you will know why the note that looks like a B-Natural is actually a C-Flat in the key of A-Flat Minor. Spelling is the Key to understanding Keys!
If you are curious about that... let me know and I will show you how to get there...