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Getting Started with the CMajor Scale

Chris Tarry (1937) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5

This lesson has been adapted from the fabulous original written by Christopher Sung.

The C Major Scale
The major scale is one of the most basic and well-known scales in Western music, and the C major scale is often taught first because it consists of all the white keys on a piano. The notes in a C major scale are:

C D E F G A B

You may be familiar with sharps and flats (i.e. F# or Bb). The C major scale is the only major scale that has no sharps or flats. The easiest way to finger it is as follows:

cmajorsc.gif

In the example below, we play our C major scale over a repeating C major chord. Play it slowly until you get it under your fingers, and then gradually increase the tempo.
Getting Started with the CMajor Scale
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