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What are the 12 Major scales?

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The 12 major scales are the set of 12 scales that follow the classic diatonic formula. An octave contains seven notes: A through G, as well as five accidentals, or notes between main tones. This means there are twelve tones in all in an octave, and a major scale can be built from any of these tones as the base because major scales follow the same progression.

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With the exception of third to fourth and seventh to octave intervals, every note in a major scale is two half-steps above the previous one. Starting from a root note in the C major scale, the progression is C, D, E, F,G, A, B and C. The transition from E to F and from B to C is only a half step. The F major scale starts with F, then has G, A, B flat, C, D, E and F.

The most common major scales seen in music are the C scale, the F scale and the G scale. The C scale is the only one that contains no accidentals, so it is easy to compose and play songs in its key. The F and G scales have only one accidental: B flat and F sharp, respectively.

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