The Major Scale

The most important scale in ALL of music.

Published: 01 Feb 2013 Updated: 02 Apr 2021Visits: 489Code: ML-basic-11

INSTRUMENTS: Scales Main: Music Others: Music ANY Harmonica Ukulele Guitar
Subjects: Theory • Beginner • Scales

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The Major Scale


Called the learning scale for a reason. The major scale is a great scale for learning how music and chords work. It’s a core scale from which a majority of your core, essential scales can be derived.

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For learning the names of the chord tones of all your chords, the major scale is the scale used.

There are 15 Major scales/keys: C , G , D , A , E , B , F♯ , C♯ , F , B♭ , E♭ , A♭ , D♭ , G♭ , C♭ . YES, fifteen (15) NOT just twelve – the three Enharmonic Equivalent scales are: B/C♭, C♯/D♭, F♯,G♭, although not common keys they are essential scales and need to be mastered.

In Western music, the Major scale is one of the most fundamental and widely used scales. It is a diatonic scale, meaning it consists of seven notes (ALL seven letters A B C D E F G) and spans an octave. The pattern of intervals between the notes of the Major scale is as follows: WholeWholeHalfWholeWholeWholeHalf Or, in terms of semitones (half–steps): 2212221

The result for the C Major scale, is the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. • the white keys of a standard piano.

The Major scale has a bright and happy sound, and it serves as the basis for many melodies, harmonies, and chord progressions in Western music. Each note in the Major scale can be associated with a specific degree or number, which forms the basis for understanding music theory, chord construction, and key relationships.

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