How to construct and play the major scale

Name

This is the major scale.

Alternative name

Use ionian instead of major

Intervals

How to construct the major scale?

Use the following intervals in any order to construct this scale. Start on a specific note on which you want to construct this scale from (for instance the note "C") and calculate each interval on top of it. Afterwards, you will be able to play it on your instrument.

Perfect unison

Has 0 semitones and spans 1 naturals.

Major second

Has 2 semitones and spans 2 naturals.

Major third

Has 4 semitones and spans 3 naturals.

Perfect fourth

Has 5 semitones and spans 4 naturals.

Perfect fifth

Has 7 semitones and spans 5 naturals.

Major sixth

Has 9 semitones and spans 6 naturals.

Major seventh

Has 11 semitones and spans 7 naturals.

Chords

Which chords can you play on the major scale?

Cheatsheet

Play the major scale in any musical key

You can play the C major scale with the following notes.

C   D   E   F   G   A   B  

Sheet music of the C major scale.

The notes of the C major scale written down in sheet music.

C major on the piano.

The notes of the C major scale on the piano.

You can play the C# major scale with the following notes.

C#   D#   E#   F#   G#   A#   B#  

Sheet music of the C# major scale.

The notes of the C# major scale written down in sheet music.

C# major on the piano.

The notes of the C# major scale on the piano.

You can play the Db major scale with the following notes.

Db   Eb   F   Gb   Ab   Bb   C  

Sheet music of the Db major scale.

The notes of the Db major scale written down in sheet music.

Db major on the piano.

The notes of the Db major scale on the piano.

You can play the D major scale with the following notes.

D   E   F#   G   A   B   C#  

Sheet music of the D major scale.

The notes of the D major scale written down in sheet music.

D major on the piano.

The notes of the D major scale on the piano.

You can play the D# major scale with the following notes.

D#   E#   F##   G#   A#   B#   C##  

Sheet music of the D# major scale.

The notes of the D# major scale written down in sheet music.

D# major on the piano.

The notes of the D# major scale on the piano.

You can play the Eb major scale with the following notes.

Eb   F   G   Ab   Bb   C   D  

Sheet music of the Eb major scale.

The notes of the Eb major scale written down in sheet music.

Eb major on the piano.

The notes of the Eb major scale on the piano.

You can play the E major scale with the following notes.

E   F#   G#   A   B   C#   D#  

Sheet music of the E major scale.

The notes of the E major scale written down in sheet music.

E major on the piano.

The notes of the E major scale on the piano.

You can play the F major scale with the following notes.

F   G   A   Bb   C   D   E  

Sheet music of the F major scale.

The notes of the F major scale written down in sheet music.

F major on the piano.

The notes of the F major scale on the piano.

You can play the F# major scale with the following notes.

F#   G#   A#   B   C#   D#   E#  

Sheet music of the F# major scale.

The notes of the F# major scale written down in sheet music.

F# major on the piano.

The notes of the F# major scale on the piano.

You can play the Gb major scale with the following notes.

Gb   Ab   Bb   Cb   Db   Eb   F  

Sheet music of the Gb major scale.

The notes of the Gb major scale written down in sheet music.

Gb major on the piano.

The notes of the Gb major scale on the piano.

You can play the G major scale with the following notes.

G   A   B   C   D   E   F#  

Sheet music of the G major scale.

The notes of the G major scale written down in sheet music.

G major on the piano.

The notes of the G major scale on the piano.

You can play the G# major scale with the following notes.

G#   A#   B#   C#   D#   E#   F##  

Sheet music of the G# major scale.

The notes of the G# major scale written down in sheet music.

G# major on the piano.

The notes of the G# major scale on the piano.

You can play the Ab major scale with the following notes.

Ab   Bb   C   Db   Eb   F   G  

Sheet music of the Ab major scale.

The notes of the Ab major scale written down in sheet music.

Ab major on the piano.

The notes of the Ab major scale on the piano.

You can play the A major scale with the following notes.

A   B   C#   D   E   F#   G#  

Sheet music of the A major scale.

The notes of the A major scale written down in sheet music.

A major on the piano.

The notes of the A major scale on the piano.

You can play the A# major scale with the following notes.

A#   B#   C##   D#   E#   F##   G##  

Sheet music of the A# major scale.

The notes of the A# major scale written down in sheet music.

A# major on the piano.

The notes of the A# major scale on the piano.

You can play the Bb major scale with the following notes.

Bb   C   D   Eb   F   G   A  

Sheet music of the Bb major scale.

The notes of the Bb major scale written down in sheet music.

Bb major on the piano.

The notes of the Bb major scale on the piano.

You can play the B major scale with the following notes.

B   C#   D#   E   F#   G#   A#  

Sheet music of the B major scale.

The notes of the B major scale written down in sheet music.

B major on the piano.

The notes of the B major scale on the piano.