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Major Scale

A specific type of seven note diatonic scale in which notes are separated from one another by whole steps, except for degrees 3 to 4 and degrees 7 to 8, which are separated by half steps. In other words, a major scale, in ascending order, is as follows:

1 – 2 = Whole step (where 1 is the root note of the scale)
2 – 3 = Whole step
3 – 4 = Half step
4 – 5 = Whole step
5 – 6 = Whole step
6 – 7 = Whole step
7 – 8 = Half step

The major scale is the most common type of scale in contemporary music.

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