The Architecture of Music

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Scale Degrees are Numbered in Ascending Pitch Order

Scale Degrees Numbered in ascending Pitch Order

Each note in a scale represents a scale degree. Scale degrees are numbered in ascending pitch order, using roman numerals starting from whatever scale you are using. The number of degrees a scale has is equal to the number of notes in that scale. For example, the scale above has five notes and thus has five scale degrees. A 7-note scale will have seven scale degrees, and so on.