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Build any Major Scale

Building A Major Scale

Just like with building triads, building a major scale is about understanding the intervals between each note of the scale.  If you understand this, you can build any major scale.

All major scales follow this pattern:

(W = Whole Step, H = Half Step)

W - W - H - W - W - W - H

So let's look at the notes of a C major scale.  They are shown below with the interval between each note in parenthesis:

C (W) D (W) E (H) F (W) G (W) A (W) B (H) C

A good way to practice is to just pick a random note on the keyboard and then build your major scale.  Learning your scales this way will make sure you don't ever forget the notes in a major scale.

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