Major scale


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Major scale
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major scale plays a melody on a trumpet. The major scale figure shows the score:

  • Bar 1 is an ascending scale in the key of C major.
  • Bars 2-3 contain a melody using all seven notes in the major scale.

The major scale or ionian mode has the sequence of tones and semitones: TTSTTTS.

The major scale in the key of C contains the notes CDEFGAB.

The major scale is the most widely used scale in music and C major is the most widely used key to write music. One reason C major is so popular is because the key signature is the simplest of all, it does not contain any accidentals. It is also a favourite key on the piano because it can be played using only the white notes.