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Major Scale: Common Chords

by Michael Thomas

Scales / Chords

# Step

Major Scales (& Common Chords)

1 1 C Db D Eb E F Gb G Ab A Bb B
2m 1 Dm Ebm Em Fm F#m Gm Abm Am Bbm Bm Cm C#m
3m .5 Em Fm F#m Gm G#m Am Bbm Bm Cm C#m Dm D#m
4 1 F Gb G Ab A Bb Cb C Db D Eb E
5 1 G Ab A Bb B C Db D Eb E F F#
6m 1 Am Bbm Bm Cm C#m Dm Ebm Em Fm F#m Gm G#m
7 .5 B C C# D D# E F F# G G# A A#
8   C Db D Eb E F Gb G Ab A Bb B

 Optional Chords

2M   D Eb E F F# G Ab A Bb B C C#
3b   Eb E F Gb G Ab A Bb B C Db D
6b   Ab A Bb B C Db D Eb E F Bb G
7b   Bb B C Db D Eb E F Gb G Ab A
4   F Gb G Ab A Bb Cb C Db D Eb E
?sus                          

Notes

  • # - The number of the chord in that key.  The 1st, 4th, and 5th are the common major chords.  The 2nd, 3rd, and 6th are the common minor chords.
  • Step - This is the step from one note to the next note in the major key.  If you know the step you can figure out any scale.  On the piano a .5 step is from one note to the next.  On the guitar a .5 step is one fret to the next fret.  On the piano the key of C is all of the white keys (no black).