C Major

C Major scale for guitar.
The C Major is a seven-note scale. Notes are displayed in the fingerboard diagram with blue color with the root notes indicated by darker color. The root notes are always C tones. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 8th fret.

C Major 2 octaves

C Major scale diagram

C Major full fretboard

C Major scale whole guitar neck diagram

C Major note names

C Major scale with note letters diagram

Shape 1 (7th position) with fingerings

C Major scale shape diagram 7th pos

Shape 2 (10th position) with fingerings

C Major scale shape diagram 10th pos

Shape 3 (12th position) with fingerings

C Major scale shape diagram 12th pos

Shape 4 (2nd position) with fingerings

C Major scale shape diagram 2nd pos

Shape 5 (4th position) with fingerings

C Major scale shape diagram 4th pos

Root on 5th string

C Major scale diagram
Notes: C - D - E - F - G - A - B Intervals: 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 Type: Septonic

The scale displayed with its numeric formula and scale degrees.

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 C Unison Tonic
2 D Major second Supertonic
3 E Major third Mediant
4 F Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 G Perfect fifth Dominant
6 A Sixth Submediant
7 BMajor seventh Leading tone

The interval formula (2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1) can be expound into specific notes of the scale.

Notes (ascending) Interval
C-D M2
C-E M3
C-F P4
C-G P5
C-A M6
C-B M7
Notes (descending) Interval
C-B m2
C-A m3
C-G P4
C-F P5
C-E m6
C-D m7

Abbreviations are used: M / m stands for major / minor and P stands for perfect.

The main three-note and four-note chords that are related to this scale are the following:

Chord Fingering Chord Fingering
C X32010 Cmaj7 X32000
Dm XX0231 Dm7 XX0211
Em 022000 Em7 022030
F XX3211 Fmaj7 XX3210
G 320003 G7 320001
Am X02210 Am7 X02010
Bdim X2343X Bm7b5 X2323X

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the C Major scale in which C is the tonic triad and Cmaj7 the tonic 7th chord.
The second and fourth columns include short notations for the chords in the first and third columns respectively. These are based on common ways to play the chord, but there are other alternatives. See more about this notation system on the FAQ page.

The C Major consists of seven notes. These can be described as intervals, as semi-notes or steps on the guitar fingerboard, written as 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 from the first note to the next octave.
The scale can be played on the guitar from different starting positions in which C functions as the tonic. It can be played in open position by starting on the fifth string, third fret or in "full open position" by starting on the open low E string and continue to G on the highest string.
The C Major is relative to A Minor, which means that both scales include the same notes but with different tonal center.
The C Major is identical with the C Ionian mode.

Start the audio and play along! Use notes from the scale in the diagram above.

Normal tempo:
Slow tempo:

All Major Scale jam tracks

Three notes per string exercise based on C Major scale.

C Major scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.

The C scale presented in sheet music notation.

C Major scale with musical notes

The sheet music includes two octaves played ascending and descending.

Studies based on C Major scale.

Study 1 (tab & standard notation)

Study 2 (tab & standard notation)

This scale is covered by the Solo in the key of C series.
Go to Key of C lead guitar – lesson 1