STEPS @ TONE OR 2 SEMITONES = 2 FRETS / OR 1 SEMITONE = 1 FRET Whats critical to understand is the " Step Pattern " of the scale, that is the spaces between the notes, and the step pattern of the major scale is :
POSITION : 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th(octave) NUMERAL : I II III IV V VI VII VIII NOTE : C D E F G A B C SOUND : Doh ray me fah so lah te doh
ROMAN NUMERALS Some of the steps are Tone steps, some are semitone steps, and the Roman Numerals are used to help us understand these positions as we work in the different keys of which there are 12. The doh ray me sounds were introduced many moons ago to cut through language barriers in order to help folks understand the scale and its steps. So if C is I, D is II, E is III, F is IV etc if G is I, A is II, B is III etc The other important thing on this subject to remember is that with the exception of E-F and B-C all other notes have #s and ds (sharps and flats) between them, so with knowledge of the alphabet up to G, and this basic knowledge of The Major Scale Step pattern and roman numerals you are set up.
I -tone- II -tone- III -semi- IV -tone- V -tone- VI -tone- VII -semi- VIII doh ray me fah so lah te doh