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The C major scale is the archetypal example of a major scale. It is made up of all the natural notes (the white notes of the piano), thus being the easiest scale to write and read. The relative minor scale of C major is A minor. The notes that make up the C major scale (also the C Ionian mode) are the same ones used for the D doric mode, E phrygian, F lydian, G mixolydian, A aeolian (or minor), and B locrian.

Below you will find the seven shapes that you can use to play the C major scale on your guitar. You will also find a table of chords you can use with the C major scale, together with their harmonic function.



C major
Pattern I

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C major
Pattern II

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C major
Pattern III

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C major
Pattern IV

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C major
Pattern V

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C major
Pattern VI

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C major
Pattern VII

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The following chords can be played when using the C major scale.

I
C
I7
C7
ii
Dm
II7
D7
ii7b5
Dm7b5
iii
Em
III7
E7
bIII
Eb
IV
F
ii7b5/iii
F#m7b5
iv
Fm
V
G
V7
G7
v
Gm
vi
Am
VI7
A7
bVI
Ab
vii
Bdim
vii7b5
Bm7b5
bVII
Bb