Unit 1: Steps to Scales

Lesson 1: Ascending Major Scales

Whole Step


A step in music is the most basic unit of distance between two notes. All notes have names from letters in the alphabet A through G. Steps can be used to describe the distance between these notes as you go in order. If we choose a reference note, say C, and then go up one whole step to the next letter in the alphabet, then we get a D.


We’re going to work on hearing this whole step by listening to the reference note (C) and deciding if the question note is the same note (C) or the note a whole step higher (D). Can you hear the difference between these two notes?


Beginning of V and C for Forever Reign