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"Mary" Melody Notes As Scale Degrees

 

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Mary Had A Little Lamb: Learning To Orchestrate

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Since "Mary Had A Little Lamb" is such a simple tune it is very useful in learning the basics of classical guitar orchestration. We've reviewed the single note melody of the tune and learned it is in the key of C major. This means it uses the notes of the C major scale.

Now let's look at the melody line as notes and as scale degrees:

E - D - C - D | E - E - E | D - D - D | E - G - G |
3 - 2 - 1 - 2 | 3 - 3 - 3 | 2 - 2 - 2 | 3 - 5 - 5 |

Next, we will harmonize the melody to figure out a possible bass line.

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