Music Theory: The Major Scale

The Major Scale is made up of "Half Steps" (one note moving to the very next note on a keyboard, such as C to C#) and "Whole Steps" (the equivalent of two half-steps). In a Major Scale (also knows as the Ionian Mode), the construction of Half Steps and Whole Steps are as follows. Beginning on the "Tonic" (same note as the key, example: "C" is the Tonic for the Key of "C") we progress from the Tonic (I) a Whole Step up to the (2), Whole Step (3), Half Step (4), Whole Step (5), Whole Step (6), Whole Step (7), Half Step (8 - The Tonic again only one "Octave" up).

Major Scale