major scale

major scale (plural major scales)

  1. (music) One of the diatonic scales; a group of notes or musical pitches in a particular pattern, used to make melodies. The pattern for a major scale is:
    tone - tone - semitone - tone - tone - tone - semitone.
In the key of C Major, this produces a scale with the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C.
Related terms Translations
  • French: gamme majeure, mode majeur
  • German: Dur
  • Russian: мажо́рная га́мма

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