# All About Scales. Part 2 - Building The Major Scale

author: sqrrloncrack date: 05/11/2012 category: scales
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```e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------|
A|--3-W-5-W-7-H-8-W-10-W-12-W-14-H-15--|
E|-------------------------------------|
C   D   E   F   G     A    B    C```
As you can see, I notated the whole and half steps between each note. Look Familiar? It should, because the formula for a Major scale is W W H W W W H. That was easy, right? Now let's learn how to build any Major scale we wish using the chromatic scale. To do this, we need to pick a note. We will use G. Now we have to employ our scale formula (as a reminder: W W H W W W W H). Here is the chromatic scale again to help us out: C C# D D# E F F# G G# A A# B C So we start with G. What is a whole step from G? If you guessed A, you are correct and are on the right track. Here is the G Major scale using whole and half steps made from the chromatic scale above:
```  W   W   H   W   W   W    H
/ \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \  / \
G   A   B   C   D   E   F#   G```
Let's do another one. How about F Major?
```W   W   H    W    W   W   H
/ \ / \ / \  / \  / \ / \ / \
F   G   A   A#   C#   D   E   F```
Let's do one more. E Major:
```  W    W    H   W   W    W    H
/ \  / \  / \ / \ / \  / \  / \
E   F#   G#   A   B   C#   D#   E```
Hopefully this was easy enough to follow. In my next installment I am going to talk about scales that use flats instead of sharps. For now, feel free to ask me any questions you may have. Thanks for your time, and please rate and comment! Your feedback helps me make my lessons easier to understand. Also, if you have any lessons you want but cannot find, send me a message and I will try and make one for you. Thanks and enjoy!
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