How to know Technical Degree Names of the Scale, Basic Theory #6


Writing the technical degree names of the scale for the Basic Theory exam can be for the Tonic, Subdominant and Dominant Note of the Scale. The most important note of any scale or key is the keynote or TONIC, the first degree of the scale. Almost as important is the Dominant, the fifth degree of the scale. This word from the Latin “dominus” means master. A chord built on the dominant is so strong that it “masters” the key, The fourth scale degree is called Subdominant. “sub” in Latin means “under”, therefore, the subdominant is under the dominant, or before.
Listen with Mozart for the Mind; watch the flashcards at the end of the video to enhance memory.