Scale I.D. Listening Quiz Theory Things   William Wieland
I will choose from the following scales: To receive an A+, you must also identify modes:
Chromatic — 12 tones — all ½ steps — It takes forever.
Major — 7 tones — Happy — You know, do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do

Major Pentatonic — 5 tones — Hollywood Chinese music (Mulan)
Minor Pentatonic — 5 tones — Chinese jazz

Whole Tone — 6 tones — no ½ steps — mysterious (old Twilight Zone)
Blues — 6 tones — makes you want to get funky

Minor — 7 tones — Sad & Dark
    Natural — no altered pitches
    Harmonic — ½ step on top
        — piano proficiency
        — Hollywood snake charmer (Aladdin)
    Melodic — ascent differs from descent (6 & 7 change)

Octatonic — 8 tones — alternates ½ and whole steps, or vice versa
Diminished — same as Octatonic
Ionian — same as major
Lydian — sounds like major until 4
Mixolydian — sounds like major until 7
    — mixes major and V7

Aeolian — same as natural minor
Dorian — sounds like natural minor until 6
    — has a happy middle like Dory from Finding Nemo

Phrygian — begins with a ½ step (That's frigid!)
Locrian — begins with a ½ step and has a d5 (That's loco!)



(If necessary, review Modes made Easy.)
 
For practice: Scale Ear Training For practice: Scale Ear Training (including modes)