Playing the Major Scale

We can get a better understanding of the major scale if we lay it out horizontally:

Thinking about the distance from one note to the next we can create the major scale formula, namely a series of whole steps and half steps.

The formula is Whole-Whole-Half-Whole-Whole-Whole-Half (WWHWWWH).

A major scale can therefore be played from any note, but the pattern of whole steps and half steps must be strictly kept.

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