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.