C# Major scale

C sharp Major scale for guitar.
The C# Major is a seven-note scale. Notes are displayed in the 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, 9th 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.

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 C# Unison Tonic
2 D# Major second Supertonic
3 E# Major third Mediant
4 F# Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 G# Perfect fifth Dominant
6 A# Sixth Submediant
7 B#Major seventh Leading tone

The third degree is written as E#, which is the same as F. The seventh degree is written as B#, which is the same as C. A practice in a scale notation is to not include the same letter twice, if it can be avoided.

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

C# X46664 C#maj7 X46564
D#m X68876 D#m7 X68676
Fm 133111 Fm7 131111
F# 244322 F#maj7 XX4321
G# 466544 G#7 464544
A#m X13321 A#m7 X13121
Cdim X3454X Cm7b5 X3434X

The tones in these chords correspond 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 sharp Major consists 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# functions 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.

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The C sharp scale presented in sheet music notation.

C# Major scale with musical notes

The sheet music includes two octaves played ascending and descending. In musical notation, the key of C# is indicated by its key signature with seven sharps.