This device is easy to use and makes clear how musical scales are built up. Mainly for symphonic wind orchestras and marching bands it's common use to start a rehersal or concert by playing some scales. In general the average knowledge of scales is mostly limited to a few scales (up to 3 flats or 3 sharps). So scales that are more 'difficult' than that are almost never played individualy and certainly not in groups. When such a scale appears in a composition there will be some trouble to play the piece for there is not much experience in playing the tones in the key concerned.
ScaleFinder makes it possible to play scales without knowing them by heart.
By adjusting the ScaleFinder to a specified scale the notes are displayed as
staff. Of course there are many text-books with all kind of scales but the
smaller and gives a better insight into the stucture of scales. In connection to the
range of some wind-instruments double notation (8Va) is applied in gray. Also playing
triads is visual supported by the ScaleFinder".
You can get the ScaleFinder for free.
On the next page you can find the
instructions to make your own ScaleFinder.
The only thing we ask in return is your comment so we can improve this
site and the ScaleFinder itself.
How to use the ScaleFinder :
Adjust the ScaleFinder so that the names of the
scales (A, Bb, B etc.) are displayed to the left of the Roman numerals (top: major and bottom: minor). The major scales are
displayed from the position '
(above the staff) and the minor scales (parallel) are
the position '
I ' below the staff. The characteristics of the
modes of minor scales (harmonic,
melodic) are shown in the 'scale diagrams' to the left of the five-line
The ScaleFinder offers:
Major and minor scales up to and including 6 flats and 6 sharps. The scales are displayed directly in a notation with accidentals. By enharmonic shift it is possible to play the tones of scales that are not included in the ScaleFinder (for instance the C# major scale is not available so you can use Db major for the tones (pitch) within both scales are identical)
Major and minor triads are displayed directly and therefore it is possible to play them at once
Triads in major scales:
The ScaleFinder may be a great help when you have to transpose a piece of music to another key. In that case you simply need two ScaleFinders and place them one above the other. Now you adjust the upper ScaleFinder to the original key of the piece and the other Scale Finder to the key in which you want to transpose the piece. Basicly you look up specific notes in the uper ScaleFinder and copy the notes with the same Roman numeral from the other ScaleFinder.