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

In part 2 of this series, I will discuss how to build the major scale.

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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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Now lets 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:
jus wanted to point out that you added one too many whole steps here.... also wanted to point out that you F major scale is wrong, it shoulndnt be F G A A# C# D E F it should be F G A Bb(A#) C D E F final critisism is that you should also teach that each note should be used once, the reasoning is that reading and writing sheet music is easier and not as sloppy this way.... overall I think this is a pretty solid lesson
write to UG and report that you've made a mistake.
....dont know how I missed the beginning in the quote
thanks for letting me know. sometimes i don't catch all my mistakes. is there a way to edit this to correct it?
good article. I hope you post the next installment soon.
very important stuff for guitar players. Important to know the notes on the your fretboard, so you can map out the major scale and its modes.
krypticguitar87 said: jus wanted to point out that you added one too many whole steps here.... also wanted to point out that you F major scale is wrong, it shoulndnt be F G A A# C# D E F it should be F G A Bb(A#) C D E F final critisism is that you should also teach that each note should be used once, the reasoning is that reading and writing sheet music is easier and not as sloppy this way.... overall I think this is a pretty solid lesson
He only added the extra W on the second time he wrote it, the first time was fine
so what would a scale be called if i made it with like a c.would it be called c major or c cromatic.
Where do you find the C and F notes??? I'm just starting to play seriously. I've always played guitar just for fun and learned tabs to do my favorite songs. But now I'm trying to learn scales and cords and everything so that I can actually make art out of it. I was pretty comfortable with EADGBE (got that down) but I don't understand where F or C comes from... I know that if you tune your guitar C its pretty much just a lower version of 'DADGBE' tuning, and F is another half step lower. But I don't understand how that works; shouldn't it just roll over to an even lower G?? Basically, could anyone enlighten me on what C and F?
depending on where you press down on the strings, it makes a different note. the open A string is an A note. if you free down the A string on the third fret you get C if you press down the E string on the first fret you get F.
wow. That just ****ed up my entire world O.o I've been envisioning the guitar without F and C this whole time (a freaking while!) thanks
Cheers this was a really helpful lesson (along with the first) and is really helping my understanding of how the guitar and music in general works.Hopefully you'll make another one soon
As a beginner, I only knew the A pentatonic scale pattern. THANK YOU for sharing chromatics with us! This will help me navigate riffs and licks easier.