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Major

Major in music usualy refers to the classical interval of a Major Third or any Chords built on that relationship. It only applies to standard Western music and not to any other type - not even Modal music. The Major Interval is taken from the Root Note or Tonic and the note two whole tones above it.

Examples:

  • Tonic = C, Major third = E
  • Tonic = G, Major third = B
  • Tonic = A, Major third = C#

If the two notes are sounded together they form the basis of the Major Chord, which is completed by turning it into a Triad by adding the 5th note of the scale (G, D and E respectively in the examples above)