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Major Scales

The Major Scale

A scale is constructed in a series of whole and half steps. The pattern usually follows the structure of one alphabet letter following another alphabet letter and so on. (e.g.- A, B, C, D etc…)

The major scale is constructed of 8 pitches with the 1st and 8th pitch being the same letter name; however, the 1st and 8th pitch are 8 notes apart (octave).

Major Scale Formula

Note: Whole step = 2 Half Steps

The formula is as follows

Figure: Major Scale Formula

Major Scale Formula








The shorthand the scale formula is


Figure : C Major Scale

C Major Scale






Figure:Major Scales

Major Scales