Posts Tagged ‘Scales’

Track Laying Tools for HO/OO and N Scales

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Parallel track tools and flexible track holders for N, HO, O scale model railway tracks. Want to buy? Go to
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Z Scale Train Compare to G and HO Scales

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

A simple Z Scale Loop on top of a dresser. G and HO Scale F7 Engines are posed to give a sense of how small Z scale trains actually are.

Model Railroad Train – How Many Scales Do Model Trains Come In?

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Question by Megan: Model Railroad Train – How Many Scales Do Model Trains Come In?

Best answer:

Answer by Anthony

TT 1:120
H0 1:87
S 1:64
0 1:45
1 1:32
II 1:22.5
III 1:16
V 1:11
VII 1:8
X 1:5.5

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Diploma Scales =Where can I get the RCM Grade 9,10 and above Syllabus for Scales and Sight Reading?

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Question by Aurelia: Diploma Scales =Where can I get the RCM Grade 9,10 and above Syllabus for Scales and Sight Reading?
Where can I get RCM’s Grade 9,10,11 and 12 syllabus?
I want to look at the Aural, Scales and Sight reading Component.
I am currently doing the new syllabus for ATCL where its evaluation is 90% performance and 10% program notes.
I feel that the new syllabus is handicapped in terms of technique developement and I still need the old ATCL / Dip Ab / RCM syllabus for scales and arpeggios to push my finger technique and sight reading and ear training for overall musical development.
I don’t just want another certificate but overall technique and musicality.

I am currently doing ABRSM Grade 8 scales which I played for my exam at minim = 88. I am thinking to push my speed to 90 or 96 or more.
Arppegios – I improvised my Grade 8 Arppegios to play them in 3rds and 6ths.
I am also playing major scales in 3rds from Hanon in C, D, F, G, A, Major Double Octave scales ,and chromatic scales in 3rds and 6ths.

This is all so confusing,I feel that it is easier to have a specific exam syllabus to refer to as then I will know how far or how much to practise in the correct way and correct expected speed at this level. A booklet of diploma scales will be handy and much appreciated!

thanks a million!!!!!

Best answer:

Answer by Chinese Cowboy
You can buy the syllabus from

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What is the easiest way to learn basic/full guitar scales?

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Question by mistakesfromyesterday: What is the easiest way to learn basic/full guitar scales?
My goal is to learn the basic math or theory behind the most common scales so I can accent different chord progressions in different styles creatively and proficiently. I have been playing guitar for 12 years with absolutely no formal training. Everything I can play, I learned by what I hear and what i think i see. Over the years I figured out names of the most common chords. If you can explain the scales in the simplest way you possibly can, please answer in an easy to read format. something like;
‘Scale Name’
‘Scale Name’

if you Tab them out could you please use

e ====
B ====
G ====
D ====
A ====
E ====

thank you in advance.

Best answer:

Answer by John Awesome
get a tutor. jdgfjdjgajfpdjfpojsafdpjasfpjasjdfj

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I need help piano in keys other than C, F, and G. I play scales repeatedly but cant connect it to the music!!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Question by mmikle: I need help piano in keys other than C, F, and G. I play scales repeatedly but cant connect it to the music!!
I play my scales every day like I should but when it comes time to play music in other keys I have to literally mark each note on the page (circle it, underline, etc) or else ill play the natural note and make a mistake. Is there some type of mental pattern I need to learn? What exercises can I practice? Should I know the note is flat/sharp due to the sound (ear training?)? Is there somewhere on the web that has music sorted by key so I can practice one key at a time over several songs? Im good at transposing but I want to play songs as they are written..

Best answer:

Answer by Alliepants!
Know what key you are in before you start the piece. It shouldn’t be a matter of having to look back at the beginning of the line and see what flats/sharps there are. Do you have the circle of fifths memorized? Here is a picture of the circle of fifths:
Memorize what keys have how many sharps/flats. I would try practicing some pieces in C major, then F (1 flat), then B-flat (2 flats), etc.

Here is a site that might help you with memorizing key signatures (if you don’t have them memorized already). Just knowing them and being able to look at it and immediately know what key you’re in will help you alot, I think.

This site has Trainers – Note, Key, Interval, and Triad, where it shows you a staff with a note, key signature, interval, or chord and will ask you what it is, and then there are the ear trainer where it plays a scale, interval, or type of chord and ask you what it is. You can set it to be pretty tricky – for example, on the Scale Ear Trainer, you can set it so it will play not only Major, minor, and harmonis minor, but also all of the modes, such as Dorian, Lydian, Mixolydian, etc. As for the key signature trainer (which will be the one which will help you with your “problem” the most), once you’ve mastered treble clef, you can move onto bass clef, and then there’s tenor and alto clef, which I find very difficult to read.

Anyway, good luck with your piano playing! <3allie

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Im torn between 2 scales of model trains ?

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Question by ABCDE: Im torn between 2 scales of model trains ?
I like g scale for its size and choices and I’d do 1:29th scale but I’m looking to do a huge yard and wanting to keep them indoors … The other scale is ho … I am just torn between the 2 I was looking for some pro and con of the two … Any help is appreciated

Best answer:

Answer by Jarrod
I personally prefer HO over G scale because ho products are cheaper and theres more of a selection of products to choose from also you need alot of space for a g scale layout. I have looked into building a g scale layout but didnt realise the cost of just the track itself and the locos and rolling stock arent cheap either and thought i might aswell stick with ho instead.

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Playtime Hobby Model Trains For Dads & Sons: A Hobby Book On Toy Train Sets To Guide The Model Railroader On Choosing Model Train Scales, Train … Trains To Build Your Model Railway Track

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

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What’s the difference between scales on model trains?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Question by Desty_1: What’s the difference between scales on model trains?
What’s the difference between what’s called HO scale model trains and N scale model trains? Which is easier to find? Which is more popular?

My oldest son is almost at the age where we can start doing projects and I remember playing with model trains with my grandfather. He had a HUGE setup in his house, but I can’t remember any details about it.

Any help would be appreciated.


Best answer:

Answer by mariner31
Morning Shawn. The BASIC difference is that HO scale trains are larger (almost twice as large)… and easier to handle for YOUNG hands and OLD eyes !! HO is also the more popular and easier to obtain in most hobby stores.

HO scale (1:87) means that 1 foot on your railroad is 87 feet and N scale (1:160) is such that 1 foot = 160 feet. So an 8 foot long “layout” is 696 feet in HO scale and 1,280 feet in N scale

NOW, my personal opinion is that N-scale is better… you can fit a larger “world” into a smaller space, you can get buy with “lighter” construction materials, and there is a GROWING amount of equipment and material out there FOR the N-Scale modeller.

I have an N-scale layout in my bedroom… a 2 foot wide shelf that runs around the 10′ x 12′ room (with a “bridge” across my doorway). It’s built on 1/8″ plywood with 1″x3″ framing, and rests on standard shelving brackets.

With EITHER scale you choose… I STRONGLY suggest you stop at your local hobby-shop and buy several of the books by Kalmbach Publishing (Model Railroading magazine)… regarding basic railroading design, scenery and wiring, realistic operations, and trackwork. Here’s the link to Model Railroading magazine:

The BEST way to get a GOOD layout is to do HUNDREDS of drawings of your plans !! There is also some good software out there for planning… it’s easier and CHEAPER to correct mistakes in design and construction on PAPER or a computer screen !!

More than happy to provide further information, links, and contacts. GOOD LUCK !!

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G scales

Friday, March 25th, 2011

G scales
g scale trains
Image by mcwetboy
The train on the outside track is probably 1:29; the two trains on the inside track are larger scales.

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