The C Major Scale:
There are 12 major scales in music. They are arranged in order by the number of sharps (#) and flats (b) that occur in each one. For example, the C major scale is first because it has zero sharps and zero flats. Because of this, it also establishes the first key, which is C major. A Key Signature identifies the scale used for a particular piece of sheet music. Key Signatures are placed on the musical staff just in front of the Time Signature. So, if you don’t see a Key Signature, you are in the key of C. Why? Because there are zero sharps and zero flats in this key.
- To memorize the pattern of whole steps and half-steps needed to create a major scale.
- To memorize the degrees (letters) that make up the scale.
- To learn how to play the C Major Scale in 1st Position.
- To begin developing your ear so that you are able to associate the tones of the C Major Scale with the C Major chord.
Learning them all will open the door to understanding how chords are made, how chord progressions work, how to play lead guitar, how to transpose chords, notes, change keys and more. It’s important to memorize both the fingering position and the letter name of each degree of the scale. Saying the name of each note out-loud as you play will help you memorize them.
Keep In Mind As You Play:
- There are 8 degrees in a Scale
- The 1st degree and the 8th degree are identified with the same letter
- The 1st degree is called the Root
- The 8th degree is called the Octave
- The distance from one degree to the next is called an Interval
The major scale is also known as the Ionian mode.
~ Psalm 118:14 ~