Daxter Music

Scale Lesson

:Major Scale


Major Scale (Ionian scale)

This lecture is the Major scale, also called the Ionian mode of the Church Mode.

It's not too much to say that the major scale is the king of the scales.

Major scale Ionian Mode
Each pitch of the Major scale.

Major scale (Ionian Scale)
  C   D   E F   G   A   B
Major Scale          

Major scale's each interval is "whole-whole-half-whole-whole-whole-half". This is realy famous pitch. With the help of leading-tone (7th note), the major scale produces strong cadence.

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Triads and Seventh Chords

Major scale has the following triads and 7th chords.

Triad in the C Major Scale
Triad C Dm Em F G Am Bdim
Degree Names I IIm IIIm IV V VIm VIIdim
Seventh Chord in the c Major Scale
7th Chord CM7 Dm7 Em7 FM7 G7 Am7 Bm7(b5)
Degree Names IM7 IIm7 IIIm7 IVM7 V7 VIm7 VIIm7(b5)

Seventh chord on C major scale
Seventh Chords in the C major scale

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Chords in each key

Lets look at the table of chords in each major key.

Triads on each major scale
C major scale C Dm Em F G Am Bm(b5)
D major scale D Em F#m G A Bm C#m(b5)
E major scale E F#m G#m A B C#m D#m(b5)
F major scale F Gm Am Bb C Dm Em(b5)
G major scale G Am Bm C D Em F#m(b5)
A major scale A Bm C#m D E F#m G#m(b5)
B major scale B C#m D#m E F# G#m A#m(b5)
Db major scale Db Ebm Fm Gb Ab Bbm Cm(b5)
Eb major scale Eb Fm Gm Ab Bb Cm Dm(b5)
Gb major scale Gb Abm Bbm Cb Db Ebm Fm(b5)
Ab major scale Ab Bbm Cm Db Eb Fm Gm(b5)
Bb major scale Bb Cm Dm Eb F Gm Am(b5)

I'll explain the details about the music theory in the other pages.