Music Theory Reference

Major scale from any note

One can build a major scale starting on any note using the “tone - tone - semitone - tone - tone - tone - semitonemajor scale pattern. Here is an example of the major scale starting on the E note:

E MAJOR SCALE (8 NOTES, 7 STEPS)
E MAJOR SCALE (8 NOTES, 7 STEPS)

Since there are twelve possible starting notes, there are also twelve major scales. But only the C major scale has white keys only. Any other major scale has black keys as well.