The C Major ScaleThe Starter Music Scale

Discover the C major scale. This scale is the one we all learn first because it is the easiest. It doesn’t have any flats or sharps to confuse anyone. This scale is made from two terachords from the F and G scale.

Because these scales are made from each other you will see the same notes and chords in the C, F and G scales.

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This scale is the most important to understand because it is the easiest major scale to learn and all the other scales are built exactly the same.

C Major Scale PDF

The C Scale Construction

The first four notes of this scale came from the key of F. The last four notes of the C scale come from the key of G.

C Scale Tetra-chords

A tetra-chord is four notes that make up one half of a major scale. Every major scale has two tetra-chords.

The first C scale tetrachord comes from the last F scale tetra-chord and the second tetrachord comes from the first tetra-chord of the G major scale.


1st Tetrachord


2nd Tetrachord


C Major Notation and Tab

C Major Scale Numbering

Major scales use numbers along with note names for easy identification. This way you can refer to any scale note or chord no matter what key.

Mostly this is used to refer to the chords but it is also a way of building chords from scales.

Roman Numerals – Chords

When referring to chords the numbers are usually written in Roman numerals, upper case for major chords and lower case for minor chords.

C Major Chords

C Major Chord Diagrams

C Major Key signature

This is how the 1st bar in sheet music will look if you are in the key of C, no flats or sharps.

This doesn’t mean the music won’t have flats or sharps in it. They’ll be marked next to the note on the staff.

Major Key

♯ or ♭

Key Signature

Rel Minor




Staff Line-Space Names

Songs in C Major

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