C Major scale

C Major scale for guitar presented by diagram.
The C Major is a seven-note scale. Notes are displayed in the fingerboard diagram with blue color with the root notes indicated by darker color. The root notes are always C tones. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 8th fret.


2 octaves

C Major scale diagram Notes: C - D - E - F - G - A - B Intervals: 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 Type: Septonic 

The scale displayed with its numeric formula and scale degrees.

1 C Tonic
2 D Supertonic
3 E Mediant
4 F Subdominant
5 G Dominant
6 A Submediant
7 B Subtonic

The main three-note and four-note chords that are related to this scale are the following:

C X32010 Cmaj7 X32000
Dm XX0231 Dm7 XX0211
Em 022000 Em7 022030
F XX3211 Fmaj7 XX3210
G 320003 G7 320001
Am X02210 Am7 X02010
Bdim X2343X Bm7b5 X2323X

The tones in these chords corresponds to the tones of the C Major scale.
The second and fourth columns include short notations for the chords in the first and third columns respectively. These are based on common ways to play the chord, but there are other alternatives. See more about this notation system on the FAQ page.

The C Major consist of seven notes. These can be described as intervals, as semi-notes or steps on the guitar fingerboard, written as 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 from the first note to the next octave.
The scale can be played on the guitar from different starting positions in which C function as the root tone.
The C Major is relative to A Minor, which means that both scales include the same notes but with different tonal center.
The C Major is identical with the C Ionian mode.

Start the audio and play along! Use notes from the scale in the diagram above.

Normal tempo:
Slow tempo:

Three notes per string exercise based on C Major scale.

C Major scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.

The C scale presented in sheet music notation.

C Major scale with musical notes

The sheet music includes two octaves played ascending and descending.

C scales categories

C Major C Minor C Melodic Minor C Harmonic Minor C Major Pentatonic C Minor Pentatonic C Dorian C Gypsy Major C Gypsy Minor