Definition and background:
Term referring to a sequence of notes that define the tonality of the major scale. This series consists of seven notes: the tonic, followed by the next note a whole step up from the tonic, the third is a whole step from the second, the fourth is a half step from the third, the fifth is a whole step from the fourth, the sixth is a whole step from the fifth, the seventh is another whole step, followed by the tonic, a half step above the seventh. Thus the first and eighth tones are exactly an octave apart. SCALE STEPS (IN SEMITONES OR HALF STEPS) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 c d e f g a b c' Play Major Scale "greater". a term used to describe certain intervals (seconds, thirds, sixths and sevenths), chords and the Ionian mode
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