Scales are a highly unpopular topic with most instrument learners, and this tends to have a knock-on impact on ear training, so that scale ear training is neglected. This is highly unfortunate, as scale degree ear training is one of the best ways to develop your relative pitch and truly understand the musical role of each note you play.

Scale ear training is about:

  1. Recognising the type of scale being used.
    For example: major, harmonic minor, various modes (Dorian, Phrygian, etc.)
  2. Recognising which degree of the scale each note is.
    For example: root, the third, the seventh, etc.

The first scale skill is useful for have a clear overall awareness of the musical context of a certain piece or song, which strongly influences which notes and chords you’ll play. ItR