Major Scale    

In this lesson we are going to learn about the Major Scale.  It is the commonly used scale and it is the first thing you must learn as a piano or music student. It is made out of seven notes, which is: DO RE MI FA SO LA TI DO

In this lessons, we will refer to the "DO RE MI FA SO LA TI DO"  as 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1

So... 

DO = 1

RE = 2

MI = 3

FA = 4

SO = 5

LA = 6

TI = 7

DO = 8 or 1

The easiest major scale to play the C major scale  because it doesn't consist of any sharp or flat notes. In other words its only have white notes. You can see the C major scale below.

Scale Formula 

The pattern of notes for major scales is W-W-H-W-W-W-H (whole – whole – half – whole – whole – whole – half). This stands for whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step, half step.

What do we mean by whole steps and half steps? Whole steps and half steps represent the distance between notes. For example, the distance between E and F is a half step because there is no note between E and F. The distance between B and C is also a half step. 

 

And for a whole step we always skip a note... for example C to D; D to E and so on...

Once we know the general rule of constructing the Major scale, we can do this for all the 12 different keys

The 12 different Major Scale

C major scale

Notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C

C Major Scale

C# major scale

Notes: C#, Eb, F, F#, Ab, Bb, C, C#

C# Major Scale

D major scale

Notes: D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D

D Major Scale

Eb major scale

Notes:  Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, D, Eb

Eb Major Scale

E major scale

Notes: E, F#, Ab, A, B, C#, Eb, E

E Major Scale

F major scale

Notes: F, G, A, Bb, C, D, E, F

F Major Scale

F# major scale

Notes:  F#, Ab, Bb, B, C#, Eb, F, F#

F# Major Scale

G major scale

Notes: G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G

G Major Scale

Ab major scale

Notes: Ab, Bb, C, C#, Eb, F, G, Ab

G# Major Scale

A major scale

Notes: A, B, C#, D, E, F#, Ab, A

A Major Scale

Bb major scale

Notes: Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb

Bb Major Scale

B major scale

Notes: B, C#, Eb, E, F#, Ab, Bb, B

B Major Scale

3 => 4 = half note.... 7 => 1 = also a half note

The rest are whole notes!!!

You must know your major scale very very well because you will need it in next lessons!!!

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