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How to Identify Major Scale in Just 2 Minutes?

The major scale (or Ionian scale) is one of the most commonly used musical scales, especially in Western music. … Like many musical scales, it is made up of seven notes: the eighth duplicates the first at double its frequency so that it is called a higher octave of the same note (from Latin “octavus”, the eighth).

You can scroll down and see illustrations of all Major scales, further down you will see an overview with all the notes and the intervals, semi-tones, and finally the formula of the Major Scale. This theory helps you learn the concepts and memorizing it easier. See also Major scales exercises and arpeggios.

C major scale diagram
C Major
Notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C
Fingerings (LH): 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1
Fingerings (RH): 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
D major scale diagram
D Major

Notes: D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D
Fingerings (LH): 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1
Fingerings (RH): 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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