major scale

  1. a scale consisting of a series of whole steps except for half steps between the third and fourth and seventh and eighth degrees.

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Origin of major scale

First recorded in 1865–70

Words Nearby major scale Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use major scale in a sentence

  • The largest carbon capture plant is in Iceland, but projects like that one have yet to be implemented on a major scale.

  • On lifting the fingers in successive order from the bottom end, we get the seven notes of the major scale.

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

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

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  • To illustrate the necessity for these additional notes take the major scale starting with B.

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  • In using the various notes as the keynote for a major scale, 72 different notes in the octave would be required.

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