C Major scale

The key signature of C Major scale has no accidentals (no flats and no sharps).

C major scale is in a way the reference for the construction of all the other major scales.

C major scale as well as all the other major ranges consist of the following succession of intervals:

for united states of america : W / W / H / W / W / W / H
for united kingdom : T / T / S / T / T / T / S

W = 1 whole step
H = half step
T = tone
S = semitone

Like this:

Tones and semitones in the C Major scale

This sequence of whole steps and half steps united states of america (tones and semitones united kingdom) will be used for all the other major scales.

The names of the music notes in the C major scale are: C D E F G A B

C major scale

Key signature of C major scale

The key signature of C Major has no accidental.

key signature empty

C Major scale in most common clefs


Here is C major scale in most common clefs: treble clef, bass clef, tenor clef and alto clef.

C Major scale in treble clef (G-clef)

Below is the C major scale in treble clef:

C Major scale in treble clef (G-clef)

C Major scale in bass clef

Below is the C major scale in bass clef:

C Major scale in bass clef

C Major scale in alto clef

Below is the C major scale in alto clef:

C Major scale in alto clef

C Major scale in tenor clef

Below is the C major scale in tenor clef:

C Major scale in tenor clef

Scale degrees of C major

The degrees of C major scale are:

C : degree I (Tonic)
D : degree II (Supertonic)
E : degree III (Mediant)
F : degree IV (Subdominant)
G : degree V (Dominant)
A : degree VI (Submediant)
B : degree VII (Leading Tone)

Closely related keys of C major

Closely related keys of C major are:

- F Major
- G Major
- D minor
- A minor
- E minor

Relative minor key of C Major

The relative minor key of C Major is A minor and below if the A minor natural scale:

A natural minor scale

C major scale on a piano

Below is the C major scale on a piano:

C major scale on a piano

C major triad chord

The C major triad chord as a root note (C), a major third (C / E) and a perfect fifth (C / G):

C major perfect chord triad

And below is the C major triad chord on a piano keyboard:

C major triad chord on a piano

Authentic cadence (perfect cadence) in C major

Here is an Authentic cadence united states of america (perfect cadence united kingdom) in C major :

Authentic cadence (perfect cadence) in C major

C major scale video

The C major scale video:

Famous works C major

Here are some works by famous composers composed in C major:

Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter) by Mozart

Here is an excerpt from the Trio of the Menuetto of Symphony No. 41 in C major KV. 551 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791). This symphony is nicknamed Jupiter.

Symphony n°41, movement III, trio, by W.A. Mozart

Notice also the authentic cadence united states of america (perfect cadence united kingdom) V -> I at the end of this extract.

Le Bolero's Ravel

Le Boléro by Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937) almost exclusively uses the of C major key, there is an abrupt modulation in E major only at the very end of the work.

Boléro by Maurice Ravel

The ostinato rhythm played by one or more snare drums players remains constant throughout the all piece.

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