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Major Scale 'Magic Formula', Revealed!

 

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By now you have noticed that the major scale always has the same intuitive sound, in terms of how the notes relate to one another.

And you now know that it is possible to create a major scale based around any note that exists in music.

So how does it really work, behind the scenes?
It's a formula, based on a pattern of whole-steps and half-steps.

The distance between Note#1 and Note#2 is always a whole-step.
The distance between Note#2 and Note#3 is always a whole-step.
The distance between Note#3 and Note#4 is always a half-step.
The distance between Note#4 and Note#5 is always a whole-step.
The distance between Note#5 and Note#6 is always a whole-step.
The distance between Note#6 and Note#7 is always a whole-step.
The distance between Note#7 and Note#8 (or the root, the top of the octave) is always a half-step.

This formula is frequently notated like this:
W W h W W W h

Let's use the formula to create a major scale, based on the note E, of the open 6th string.
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