How to play the Major Scale

Playing the Major Scale

We can get a better understanding of the major scale if we lay it out horizontally:

28. C Major Scale String 2(B).png
C Major Scale .png

Thinking about the distance from one note to the next we can create the major scale formula, namely a series of whole steps and half steps.

The formula is Whole-Whole-Half-Whole-Whole-Whole-Half (WWHWWWH).

A major scale can therefore be played from any note, but the pattern of whole steps and half steps must be strictly kept.