C Major Scale on Piano & Guitar + Chords in the Key of C Major

    👑 Here's a majestic C major scale reference which shows the notes and finger position on the piano keyboard. You'll also find the intervals and scale degrees that make up the C major scale.

    Plus, an interactive tool to play C major diatonic chords and a list of common chord progressions in the key of C major.

    🎸 You'll also find the C major scale on the guitar fretboard, with the notes, intervals or scale degrees, plus a way to highlight the scale at different positions on the fretboard using the CAGED system or the Three Notes Per String system.

    → go to all major & minor scales

    The notes of the C major scale are C, D, E, F, G, A and B

    The relative minor of the C major scale is A minor

    C major scale piano layout & finger position

    Here's a piano keyboard showing the notes of the C major scale, followed by a visual for the finger position on the piano. Hit play to hear the notes of the C major scale up and down:

    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    C
    D
    E
    A
    F
    B
    G
    C
    C
    F
    D
    G
    E
    A
    B
    C

    left hand

    right hand

    C Major Scale on Guitar

    🎸 Here you'll find a guitar fretboard representation with the notes of the C major scale , using standard guitar tuning: E A D G B E. You can show all notes, only the root notes, the intervals or the scale degrees:

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    You can also highlight specific scale positions on the guitar fretboard for the C major scale, using the CAGED system or the Three Notes Per String system (TNPS):

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    Chords in the key of C major
    (C major diatonic chords)

    The diatonic chords in the key of C major are: C major, D minor, E minor, F major, G major, A minor and B diminished

    Tap or use numbers 1 through 7 to trigger the chords. You can also tap to trigger the chord inversions or the 7th chords. This tool can be used as a chord progression generator.

    Common chord progressions in the key of C major

    Here's list of popular major key chord progressions along with the specific chords they represent in the key of C major. Again, you can use numbers 1 through 7 on your keyboard to trigger the different chords:

    I C maj
    IV F maj
    V G maj
    I C maj
    vi A min
    ii D min
    V G maj
    vi A min
    IV F maj
    I C maj
    V G maj
    I C maj
    iii E min
    IV F maj
    V G maj
    I C maj
    IV F maj
    vi B min
    V G maj
    ii D min
    V G maj
    I C maj
    I C maj
    vi A min
    IV F maj
    V G maj
    I C maj
    IV F maj
    ii D min
    V G maj
    iii E min
    vi A min
    ii D min
    V G maj
    I C maj
    V G maj
    vi A min
    IV F maj
    I C maj
    IV F maj
    V G maj
    I C maj
    I C maj
    V G maj
    ii D min
    iii E min

    Toggle C major scale intervals & scale degrees

    degrees notes intervals
    1: Tonic C Unison
    2: Supertonic D Major 2nd
    3: Mediant E Major 3rd
    4: Subdominant F Perfect 4th
    5: Dominant G Perfect 5th
    6: Submediant A Major 6th
    7: Leading Tone B Major 7th
    1: Octave/Tonic C Perfect 8th

    Popular Songs in the Key of C Major

    • Imagine by John Lennon
    • Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd
    • Losing My Religion by R.E.M.
    • Changes by Black Sabbath
    • Dirty Diana by Michael Jackson
    • Heaven by Bryan Adams
    • Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn
    • All The Small Things by Blink-182
    • Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

    Major scale formula

    🔧 The major scales are constructed using this note pattern:

    • W-W-H-W-W-W-H
    ◈◈◈

    W = Whole step   H = Half step


    go to a different major or minor scale:

    C majorD majorD majorE majorE majorF majorF majorG majorG majorA majorA majorB majorB majorC major

    C minor C minor D minorD minorD minorE minorE minorF minorF minorG minorG minorA minorA minorA minorB minorB minor


    piano samples

    The piano samples used for this C major scale reference are from “ Salamander Grand Piano V3 ” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.

    drum samples

    The drum samples used here are from “ Mailbox Badger : Public Domain Drum Samples : Vol. 2 ”by Mailbox Badger/Patrick Callan, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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