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major

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[English]

Term referring to a sequence of notes that define the tonality of the major scale. This series consists of seven notes: the tonic, followed by the next note a whole step up from the tonic, the third is a whole step from the second, the fourth is a half step from the third, the fifth is a whole step from the fourth, the sixth is a whole step from the fifth, the seventh is another whole step, followed by the tonic, a half step above the seventh. Thus the first and eighth tones are exactly an octave apart.

SCALE STEPS (IN SEMITONES OR HALF STEPS)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
C4
 
D4
 
E4
F4
 
G4
 
A4
 
B4
C5
See more about modern scale construction in the Appendix.
See more about major scales in the Appendix.

Example


Major scale: Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Piccolo in C major, I (piccolo entrance)








See Also

[French] majeur
[German] Dur
[Italian] maggiore
[Spanish] mayor

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Last Updated: 2016-06-05 13:10:47