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G major Scale and D major Scale - What's Their Leading Tone?

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G major scale and D major scale

As you can see both G major scale and D major scale follow the formula of:

W W h, W W W h

And this is how we formed these scales. Let's take D major for example.

Our starting note is D of course!

From D we take a whole step to E.

From E we take a whole step to F# (Notice that that a whole step from E takes us to F# not F.

Next we go a half step to G.

From G a whole step will take us to A.

Next is another whole step to B.

The last whole step take us to C#.

Finally the half step returns to D.

Notice that D major has two sharps and that G major scale has one sharp.

The Leading Tone

The leading tone in C major (The seventh note)

Inside the scale forces are pushing toward specific notes. The most common of them is the seventh note (B in C major) which is clearly aiming toward C. That's why it is called the leading note. It demands us to go us back home like a musical magnet.


What is the leading tone in G major scale and D major?


Later on when we will speak about Chords we will remember the effect of the leading tone in order to understand the function of chords in a musical scale.

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