B Major Scale

This guitar scale reference contains the notes, formula, structure, positions, chords, and modes for the B Major scale. For an in-depth lesson on the major scale, please see Major Scale Patterns, Positions and Theory.

Notes of B Major Scale

The B Major scale contains 5 sharps and 2 natural notes.

B – C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A#

Scale Formula

The scale formulate for B Major is:

Root – Major 2nd – Major 3rd – Perfect 4th – Perfect 5th – Major 6th – Major 7th

IntervalsRootMajor 2ndMajor 3rdPerfect 4thPerfect 5thMajor 6thMajor 7th
NotesBC#D#EF#G#A#

Scale Structure

B Major is a major scale, so it follows the major scale structure of whole and half step intervals:

W W H W W W H

B major whole step half step structure

Scale Positions

The diagrams below outline the 5 CAGED positions for the B Major scale.

Position 1

B major scale position 1 diagram

Position 2

B major scale position 2 diagram

Position 3

B major scale position 3 diagram

Position 4

B major scale position 4 diagram

Position 5

B major scale position 5 diagram

Chords in the Key of B Major

When you harmonize the B Major scale you get the following chords:

DegreeIiiiiiIVVviviiĀ°
ChordBC#mD#mEF#G#mA#dim
Chord NotesB – D# – F#C# – E – G#D# – F# – A#E – G# – BF# – A# – C#G# – B – D#A# – C# – E

Relative and Parallel Scales

Relative Minor of B Major: G# Minor | G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E – F#

Parallel Minor of B Major: B Minor | B – C# – D – E – F# – G – A

Modes

The following are the modes of B Major:

  • B Ionian (Major)
  • C# Dorian (Minor)
  • D# Phrygian (Minor)
  • E Lydian (Major)
  • F# Mixolydian (Major)
  • G# Aeolian (Minor)
  • A# Locrian (Minor)