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Major Scale

A major scale is a Scale which starts on a chosen note and progresses by a pattern of Intervals which is:

Whole Tone - Whole Tone - Semitone - Whole Tone - Whole Tone - Whole Tone - Semitone 

That is, for example the scale of C major:


 Scale of C Major C- D
-
E
F
-
G -
A
- B C'
 All Notes in the Octave CC#DEb
E
F
F#
G
G#
A
Bb
B
C'
 Intervals of the Major Scale - 2 -
 - 2 -
1  -
 - 2 -
 - 2 -  - 2 - 1-
 
  - W-
 - W -
 S -
 - W -
 - W -

- W -

S -
 

The interval is the 'gap' between two notes, so between C and D is a whole Tone, between D and E is a whole Tone, between E and F is only a Semitone etc.

On a Fretted stringed Instrument, this is equivalent to 2 frets, 2 frets, 1 fret etc.

The modern major scale is based on the Ionian Mode.

See Also:


Minor Scale