C Major scale is made up of seven notes as all the other major scales. The C Major pitches are: C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. The eighth duplicates the first at a higher octave, as you can see below.
C Major is one of the most common key signatures used in western music. Its key signature has no flats and no sharps (no black keys). The minor relative of C Major (the key which has the same key signature but a different tonic) is A minor.
The sequence of spaces between the notes of C Major scale is:
|Whole Step (Tone)||Whole Step (Tone)||Half Step (SemiTone)||Whole Step (Tone)||Whole Step (Tone)||Whole Step (Tone)||Half Step (SemiTone)|
|C - D (T)||D - E (T)||E - F (ST)||F - G (T)||G - A (T)||A - B (T)||B - C (ST)|
What are the chords/triads in the key of C Major?
These are the chords buit on each degree of C Major Key:
- Ist - Tonic - Major, Notes: C, E, G
- IInd - Supertonic - minor, Notes: D, F, A
- IIIrd - Mediant - minor, Notes: E, G, B
- IVth - Subdominant - Major, Notes: F, A, C
- Vth - Dominant - minor, Notes: G, B, D
- VIth - Submediant - minor, Notes: A, C, E
- VIIth - Leading Tone - diminished, Notes: B, D, F
The most used triads are the primary chords. The chords build on Ist, IVth, Vth degrees are all Major chords.
Ist degree - Tonic - Notes: C, E, G.
IVth degree - Subdominant - Notes: F, A, C.
Vth degree - Dominant - Notes: G, B, D.
C Major fingers
Notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C.
Right Hand fingering: 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Left Hand fingering: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1.