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 : W / W / H / W / W / W / H
for : T / T / S / T / T / T / S
W = 1 whole step
H = half step
T = tone
S = semitone
This sequence of whole steps and half steps (tones and semitones ) 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
Key signature of C major scale
The key signature of C Major has no accidental.
C Major scale in most common clefs
C Major scale in treble clef (G-clef)
Below is the C major scale in treble clef:
C Major scale in bass clef
Below is the 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 tenor clef
Below is the 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
Relative minor key of C Major
The relative minor key of C Major is A minor and below if the A minor natural scale:
C major scale on a piano
Below is the 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):
And below is the C major triad chord on a piano keyboard:
Authentic cadence (perfect cadence) in C major
Here is an 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.
Notice also the authentic cadence (perfect cadence ) 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.
The ostinato rhythm played by one or more snare drums players remains constant throughout the all piece.