Major Scale in C

In music theory, the major scale or Ionian scale is one of the diatonic scales. It is made up of seven distinct notes, plus an eighth which duplicates the first an octave higher.

The simplest major scale to write or play on the piano is C major, the only major scale not to require sharps or flats, using only the white keys on the piano keyboard:

Major Scale Intervals

The major scale is a diatonic scale so there are seven notes in the scale plus the octave note.

Major Scale Fretboard (in C)
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