• Gregor Burney

Music Production Lessons: Common Scales In Dance Music

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

by Reiss Armstrong


And we are back!


This is the follow up to the previous article regarding ideas on building a chord structure for a track. You will benefit from reading that article before diving head first into this. Understanding the basics behind chord structure and building a chord structure for a track will help you to gain an understanding of the scales you can use that relate to the structure. Then, once you have the understanding of scales, you can create melodies for your track.


Scales. This article will outline the fundamentals.


What is the foundation for all scales? How can you use the foundation to get creative with your melodies? How can we use these tools to construct basslines? These are some of the questions I hope to answer for you below.


Firstly, I will focus on what tools to use to create melodies. The foundation for all scales in music comes from the major scale. This is undoubtedly the most common scale that you hear in music. The major scale goes as follows:



Tone | Tone | Semitone | Tone | Tone | Tone | Semitone

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8




I’ll use the C major scale to i