Mnemonic(s): Assisting or intended to assist the memory.
Let's look at our "A" keyboard chart alongside a scale written in standard notation. The RED TONES denote the MAJOR SCALE. It is easy to see the VISUAL APPEAL of our colorful charts.
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Mnemonic coding helps make chord and scale construction easy!
UPPER CASE LETTERS INDICATE MAJOR SCALE TONES.
lower case letters indicate chromatic tones.
Odd-numbered Scale Degrees 1, 3, 5 and 7 are depicted with white letters on red.
Even-numbered Scale Degrees 2, 4, 6 and 8 are depicted with black letters on red.
Pastel colors correspond to Chromatic Tones.
Adagio is playing his recorder in Henri Rousseau's painting of "The Snake Charmer."
Watch and SEE
how a given chordpattern
REMAINS THE SAME IN ALL KEYS !
To the visual learner, the standard notation chromatic scale (above) may just look like a row of symbols and dots. Now look at our Music Theory Magic chart (below) - and SEE how chords form easily-recognizable "VISIBLE" patterns.