Discover The B Major Scale

The B major scale gives us 5 sharps making it tough to remember what’s sharp unless you know the circle of 5ths. It’s actually easier to remember what’s not flat, the E and the B.

This scale is only one fret away from the C scale. This might help you to keep track until you know it.

You don’t see a lot of sheet music using this scale, probably because the pitch is close to C.

The sharp notes are F,C,G,D and A. Notice the each one is a 5th away from the one before using the musical alphabet.

This scale is made from two tetrachords from the E and the F♯ scale.

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These scales are made from each other and you will see the same chords in the B, E and F♯ scales.

B Scale

The B Major Scale Construction

The first four notes of this scale came from the key of E. The last four notes of the scale come from the key of F♯.

B Major Tetra-chords

A tetra-chord is four notes that make up each half a major scale. All major scales have two tetra-chords.

The first B tetra-chord comes from the last E scale tetra-chord and the second tetra-chord comes from the first tetra-chord of the F sharp major scale.


1st Tetrachord


2nd Tetrachord


B Major Scale Numbering

Major scales have numbers that go with each note. This way you can refer to numbers makes it easy to refer to any scale or chord no matter what key you are in.

This is our way of referring to the chords but it can also be used for building chords from scales. The numbers are normally written in Roman numerals, upper case for major chords and lower case for minor chords.

B Major Chords









B Major Notation-Tab

B Major Chord Diagrams

B Major Key signature

This is how the starting bar(Key Signature) in sheet music will look if you are in the key of B. The sharp symbol is over the F and D line and the C,G and A spaces in the music staff.

This doesn’t mean the music won’t have other flats or sharps in it. They will be marked in the music itself. This means every note in the F, C, G, D, and A position in the music staff will be sharp.

This helps keep the music easier to read especially as we get more flats or sharps in a key.

Major Key


Key Signature

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F♯, C♯, G♯, D♯, A♯


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