These questions must be answered without too much thought. If you have to look them up, you do not know the answers and subsequently the level of the Concepts Experience will be too demanding for you. You would be better suited to the Foundations or CMP Experiences.
The Must Know Scales
You should know the step patterns (intervallic distances between each note of the scales) for the Major, Natural Minor and Harmonic Minor scales.
You should be able to comfortably play two octaves of C, F and G Major and Natural Minor, and be able to visualise the shapes and layout of these scales in your mind’s eye. You should be able to slowly, but accurately, play the right hand scales of D, E, A and B Major and Natural Minor.
You should know the order of the modes for a Major scale (Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian). It is important to be familiar with these names.
You should know the C Major and Minor Pentatonic scales and be familiar with the Blues scale also in the key of C.
- Can you play a two octave G Natural Minor scale at a tempo of 120 BPM with your right hand (2 notes per second)?
- Can you play an D Major scale slowly with your left hand (around 65 – 70 BPM)?
- What is the 6th note of the D Major scale?
- What is the 7th note of G Harmonic Minor?
- You must know how to write the notes of the C Major scale on a stave using the treble and bass clefs?
About 10% of the course will pay reference to manuscript notation (looking at the shape of a melody or a bass line etc.) so understanding where the notes lie on a stave is important.
The Must Know Chords
The following questions may require a bit of thought! Can you work out the answer to each question in 10 seconds or under?
You must be familiar with the four triads (Major, Minor, Augmented and Diminished) and their first and second inversions for all 12 key groups (and very familiar with all triads whose root notes start on white keys).
You must know types of 7th chord (Major, Minor, Dominant, Diminished, Half Diminished)
You should know the difference between “added” chords (e.g. C add 9, Cm add 6 (Cm6), CM7 add 13) and the chord extensions (e.g. C9, C11, C13) as well as the differences between the Major, Minor and Dominant forms (e.g.DM9, D9 and Dm9)!
- What would be the order of notes in an A Major first inversion triad?
- What would be the order of notes in a second inversion B Minor triad?
- What notes would be found in a G Dominant 7 chord?
- Could you work out what notes would be found in an G# Major 7 chord?
- What notes would be found in an F Minor 9 chord?
Knowing the above is imperative as it will provide a basis from which the elements of the 2 day Concepts Experience can be better understood.
If you struggled with the Evaluator questions you would be advised to take the Foundations or the CMP Experience.