The Major Scale
Roll over the chart for hints. Click chart to hear the scale

Music theory begins with the major scale, which is built from a series of whole-steps and half-steps. A whole-step = 2 frets on the guitar. A half-step = 1 fret. It's hard to see the difference between whole and half-steps from looking at music notation, so we'll explore this on the guitar and the piano keyboard.

Memorize this formula for the major scale:
whole whole half whole whole whole half