Let’s talk about the C major scale !
So this is the C major scale. Certainly the most played scale in today’s music because of piano and guitar as it is, the easiest scale to comprehend. It’s like a starting ground.
The C Major Scale:
In general, to build a major scale you have to think step-by-step. Literally.
By that, I mean that you have to know the steps that connect the notes together. Those steps never fluctuate. If we utilize steps in a way that includes whole steps (W) which means: skip one note. And half steps (H) which means: go directly to the next note. It will be easier to comprehend.
Major scales is formed by the following:
Ok, then how do we build the C major scale by ourselves?
To build any major scale, you have to keep in mind that the tonic (aka the first note) in this case it’s C. You have to start from C and start building from there.
So the C major is built by 7 notes: C-D-E-F-G-A-B (then you go back to C and repeat all over again.)
Also, we notate the ranks of major scales in roman numbers that way:
I – ii – iii – IV – V – vi – vii
C major scale, Chords
- I – C E G (C major)
- ii – D F A (D minor)
- iii – E G B (E minor)
- IV – F A C (F major)
- V – G B D (G major)
- vi – A C E (A minor)
- vii° – B D F (B diminished)
Moreover, if you can play in the C major scale you can also play in the A minor scale. There is the same notes in both of them, also the same chords. The thing that change is the roman numbers associated to the chords.