I’m happily an Imagine Music Inc. organ student. We’ve been reviewing scales. I also have been formally studying music theory. Recently I had a problem when playing scales with 6♯’s & 6♭’s & 7♯’s & 7♭’s in them between E and F and B and C. I could not remember what notes to play or what to call them when considering what they are called correctly in music theory, that is, E♯ and F♭ and B♯ and C♭. I had created a computer file and named the notes. My instructor told me I should memorize the scales and their properly named notes per music theory. I said I didn’t know how to do this without the crutch of my computer scales file document/crutch.
This is an example of where the excellent Imagine Music Inc. instructors know just how to apply music theory to actual instrument playing. The answer is scale patterns. These Major Natural Scales have the pattern tone, tone semi-tone, tone, tone tone, semi-tone. The semi-tones are where the E and F and B and C with no keys between them occur. Therefore, if you apply this pattern E♯ and F♭ and B♯ and C♭become obvious as long as you know the difference on the keyboard between a whole tone and a semi-tone. After I applied the tone pattern I could figure out what note came next and didn’t have to use the computer scales file crutch. This blending of music theory and playing certainly makes learning all about music with Imagine Music Inc. more pleasant, practical and professional. (I would not have been able to apply the music theory I knew to solve this problem even though it was very obvious.)