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reference which shows the notes, finger position on the piano keyboard,
intervals, scale degrees,
diatonic chords and
common chord progressions in
🎸 You'll also find the C major scale on the guitar fretboard.
The C major scale is a diatonic scale consisting of the pitches C, D, E, F, G, A and B. It's one of the most important scales in Western music, and it serves as the basis for the construction of many other scales and modes.
The C major scale has no accidentals (sharps or flats), making all of its notes natural notes.
Given that it has no accidentals and that the C major scale is simply all the white keys on a piano keyboard, it's an easy scale to learn, especially on the piano.
The notes of the C major scale are
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 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:
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):
Chords in the key of C major
(C major diatonic
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.
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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:
Toggle C major scale intervals & scale degrees
|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 = Whole step H = Half step
go to a different major or minor scale:
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