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The difference between scale and pitch

Pitch refers to how high or low on an instrument you play a certain note, such as the “C” note.[5] There are 7 keys of difference between 2 different pitches of the same note (e.g., on a piano, you can play an A note in a higher pitch by moving 7 keys to the right). Conversely, scales are sets of notes that sound particularly good when played sequentially and are thus commonly used in songwriting.[6]

  • When you change the pitch of 1 note, you have to also change the pitch of any other note that you play with that first note in a scale.
  • There are major scales for each of the 7 notes. There are also minor scales, which are similar to major scales, except the 3rd note in the scale is a half step lower than it is in the major scale.