# Noob question

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Franco77, Aug 15, 2012.

1. ### Franco77

Aug 4, 2012
So i have a question, i never had taken a lesson on music theory, and i have this doubt:

So if i'm playing a D
the 5th is A
the 3rd is F
what about the others?(2nd, 4th, 6th,7th, etc.)

Also if you know of a book or something like that to get me started in theory and composition it would be very nice.

2. ### LowEndLove

Aug 4, 2012
Studybass.com check it out. Do the lessons.

3. ### bigboy_78

Jun 1, 2011
Coraki, Australia
Google the Major Scale. It is probably the most important thing you will learn in regards to music.

The notes of the D major scale: D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D.
Line up the numbers with the note names, and you are all set.
Root = D
2nd = E
3rd = F#
And so on.

However, you noted that the 3rd was an F. In that case, you would be in D minor.
The notes of the D minor scale: D, E, F, G, A, B flat, C, D ...

As my teacher says.... Know your thirds!

5. ### MalcolmAmos

Couple of noob charts - http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f22/learning-read-music-907867/ post # 10.

Print these charts off and put them with your reference material. Too much to remember right now, but, information worth keeping.

Good luck.

EDIT - yes to printing the theory link in mambo4's post. The best theory paper I've seen. First 30 pages covers the basics. This should be in your reference material file.

6. ### mambo4

Jun 9, 2006
Dallas
+1000
Everything in music theory is essentially described in terms of how it compares to the major scale. You need to learn its intervals and chords inside and out.