Major Scale

Construction

All music theory begins with the “1, 2, 3” or “do, re, mi” of a major scale.  Everything, even other scales that have nothing to do with the major scale, gets named in relation to it.  Therefore, it’s essential that you understand how to construct a major scale as your first step in understanding music theory.

 

A major scale is nothing more than a series of Tones and Semi-Tones - writing the natural notes from C to C will create a C major scale.

 

This same pattern can be applied to any set of 8 consecutive notes. For example, if the natural notes between G to G were written, F would have to be raised a half step to F sharp in order to create the formula needed to make a major scale.

C Major

Scale

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