This guitar scale reference contains the notes, formula, structure, positions, chords, and modes for the C Major scale. For an in-depth lesson on the major scale, please see Major Scale Patterns, Positions and Theory.
Notes of C Major Scale
The C Major Scale is the only major scale that contains all natural notes with no sharps or flats.
C – D – E – F – G – A – B
|Intervals||Root||Major 2nd||Major 3rd||Perfect 4th||Perfect 5th||Major 6th||Major 7th|
C Major is a major scale and follows the major scale structure of whole and half step intervals:
W W H W W W H
The diagrams below outline the 5 CAGED positions for the C Major scale.
Chords in the Key of C Major
|Chord Notes||C – E – G||D – F – A||E – G – B||F – A – C||G – B – D||A – C – E||B – D – F|
Relative and Parallel Scales
Relative Minor of C Major: A minor | Am – Bdim – C – Dm – Em – F – G
Parallel Minor of C Major: C minor | Cm – Ddim – E♭ – Fm – Gm – A♭ – B♭
The following are the modes of C Major:
- C Ionian (Major)
- D Dorian (Minor)
- E Phrygian (Minor)
- F Lydian (Major)
- G Mixolydian (Major)
- A Aeolian (Minor)
- B Locrian (Minor)