C Major Scale

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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

Scale Formula

IntervalsRootMajor 2ndMajor 3rdPerfect 4thPerfect 5thMajor 6thMajor 7th

Scale Structure

C Major is a major scale and follows the major scale structure of whole and half step intervals:


C sharp major whole step half step structure

Scale Positions

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

Position 1

C major scale position 1 diagram

Position 2

C major scale position 2 diagram

Position 3

C major scale position 3 diagram

Position 4

C major scale position 4 diagram

Position 5

C major scale position 5 diagram

Chords in the Key of C Major

Chord NotesC – E – GD – F – AE – G – BF – A – CG – B – DA – C – EB – 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)