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How to Play the C Major Scale on the Xylophone

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Published on Feb 6, 2011

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All major scales contain seven distinct notes and follow the same pattern of intervals, or steps, between those notes: whole-whole-half-whole-whole-whole-half.http://cnx.org/content/m10851/latest/... C major scale, then, looks like this: C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C.

Step 1: Memorize the Notes
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The C major scale contains no flats and no sharps; all notes are natural. On a piano keyboard, this means that the scale only consists of the white keys. Although a xylophone's bars are not black and white, they are arranged like a piano keyboard, so remembering the white keys might be helpful. The notes of an ascending C major scale are C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG89pI... the scale in both ascending and descending order.

Step 2: Play Using Proper Technique
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The basic, proper technique for playing a xylophone with two mallets is a left-right-left-right pattern. Begin on C with the left hand, play D with the right hand and so on up the scale. When you reach the octave C, play the same way back down the scale.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG89pI... your time; it is more effective to play slowly and correctly than quickly and incorrectly.

Step 3: Listen and Practice
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Listen to the way the scale sounds, paying particular attention to the way C, the tonic or tonal center, feels like the natural place for the scale to end.http://cnx.org/content/m10851/latest/... and learning the way the scale sounds will help you recognize when you have hit a wrong note. Practice until you feel comfortable with the way a C major scale sounds and feels to play. Once you have mastered the C major scale, you'll be able to play any piece of music written in the key of C major without missing notes.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSQRoA...

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