How to build a Major Scale?

Here we will learn how to build major scales.

Remember, a half step (H) is the distance between two adjacent keys on a piano keyboard, and it is the smallest musical interval in music.

A whole step (W) is the distance equal to two half steps.

Use the following major scale formula to build the major scales:
W – W – H – W – W – W – H

H = half step
W = whole step

Example: C Major Scale
Let’s begin with the root note C on the piano keyboard.

c major scale

A whole step above C is D.
A whole step above D is E.
A half step above E is F.
A whole step above F is G.
A whole step above G is A.
A whole step above A is B.
A half step above B is C.

C – D – E – F – G – A – B – C are the notes of the C Major Scale.

List of all Major Scales

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