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major scale

noun, Music.
a scale consisting of a series of whole steps except for half steps between the third and fourth and seventh and eighth degrees.
Also called major mode.
Origin of major scale
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A given melody in the major scale is repeated in various keys.

  • The last of these was in a major scale, and was reckoned to be plaintive and effeminate.

    Callias Alfred John Church
  • This gives a major scale, with the Pythagorean third, consisting of two great steps, which was too sharp to be consonant.

  • Write the relative vibration numbers of a major scale in which do has 120 vibrations.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • A minor scale having the same signature as a major scale is said to be its relative minor.

  • A minor scale beginning with the same tone as a major scale is referred to as its tonic minor.

  • Signature Terminology: The right hand flat in the signature is on the staff degree that represents four of the major scale.

  • Signature Terminology: The right hand sharp in the signature is on the staff degree that represents seven of the major scale.

  • Below is a table of musical nomenclatures, showing various relations between the notes of the major scale.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Inspection will show that these three major triads comprise all of the tones of the major scale D being the octave of D.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower

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