Scales Lesson

C Major Scale Tones

Difficulty: beginner

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When constructing chords and scales, we reference the scale tones of the major scale. For example, a "3rd" is the 3rd note in the major scale, while a "b3rd" is the 3rd note in the major scale that is lowered by one-half step.

The easiest example to study and practice initially is the C Major Scale, which has no sharps or flats.

C major scale

CDEFGABC

Here is the C Major Scale with the notes notated

C major scale

R234567R

Here is the C Major Scale with the scale tones notated. "R" stands for root note, the 1st note of the scale.

C Major Scale

CDEFGABCDEFGABCDCDEFGABCDEFGABCD

This common C Major Scale shape spans over two octaves