C Major Scale

  • 27 October 2020
  • Maria


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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.

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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.

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IVth degree - Subdominant - Notes: F, A, C.

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Vth degree - Dominant - Notes: G, B, D.

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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.