Scale and Chord Reference

There are several ways to see and study scales and chords with MusicGoals. MusicGoals can draw chords and scales on the instrument and staff at the same time. It provides an interactive study tool for scales and chords on a wide variety of string instruments and alternate tunings as well as keyboard.


Main Menu - Lookup  (alt+F1).  The Lookup button takes you through the steps of discovering scales and chords.  Once you see what can be done, you can use the Practice Settings menu to continue to explore chord and scale spellings.


Here are some examples:


Instrument Note Names - Use this to study one scale and one key.


Main Menu - Chord Lookup - Instrument Chords by Key Signature or:


1) Click Main Menu - Pick a Drill or press F7.


2) Double click Instrument Note Names where instrument is the string instrument that you started with as a new student. You can look up any string instrument not just your main instrument.


3) Next select Practice Settings - Instrument and Tuning.


4) Check “Guitar Drop D” and click OK. This tuning lowers the 6th string from E to D.


5) This will automatically open the Portion of the Fingerboard and Drill Length dialog box (F11). For this example select Reset to 12 frets and click OK. For keyboard, click “Practice Settings - Portion of Keyboard, Staff ...” or “Practice Settings - Staff Presets”. Adjust the range to at least two octaves.


6) Now click Practice Settings - Scale or Note Set  (F12).  This will allow you to select a scale or chord arpeggio or other set of notes to study.


7) Scroll down and select “I, do mi so, Major Chord” from the “Triads” section and click OK. You will see on the fingerboard (or keyboard) the tonic, “do”, is dark green, “mi” is light green, and “so” is orange. The shapes of the dots on the fingerboard indicate the octave an interval with the same note names but twelve half steps higher or lower where the pitch would be notated (C4, the fourth C on the piano, is shown as a square - four sides). Remember, the guitar sounds an octave below where it is written on the staff.


8) Next click Practice Settings - Key Signature (F10) and select “C Major - a minor use flats”. Change the key signature in this manner to see the selected scale or chord in a different key. 


Instrument Staff Reading - Use this to study one scale and one key.


Main Menu - Chord Lookup - Instrument Staff Chords by Key Signature or:


9) Repeat the above sequence of steps but use the Instrument Staff Reading objective instead. This works the same way but adds staff notation.


Instrument Scales - Use this to study many scales and keys.


Use Lookup - Instrument Scales or:


10) Repeat steps 1 to 6 but use the Instrument Scales objective instead.


12) Click Practice Settings - Scales (F12).


13) Select “Blues Scale” and “do Pentatonic”. Un-select everything else.


14) Click OK and then press the “Hint” button. One of the selected scales will be played and displayed on the fingerboard.


15) Use the mouse to click on another note on the fingerboard. Another scale will be played starting on this note. Each time you click or play a note on your midi Musical Instrument Device Interface - A system that allows electronic musical devices to communicate. Numbers describing pitch, volume, on or off, etc. can be sent between devices. instrument, the next of your selected scales will be played and displayed. Adjust the tempo the rate or speed of the musical pulse slider to play the scale faster or slower.


Instrument Chords - Use this to study many chords and keys.


Use Lookup - Instrument Chords or:


16) Repeat steps 1 to 6 but use the Instrument Chords objective instead.


17) Repeat steps 12 to 15 selecting any chords you wish (F12).


You now have at your fingertips an extensive interactive scale and chord reference for keyboard and a wide variety of string instruments and tunings.