Cmaj7 is the most important scale in western music. It’s used in countless songs and it’s the foundation of other scales and modes such as the melodic minor scale, harmonic minor scale, ionian mode and lydian mode.
In this article we will look at the make-up of Cmaj7 and how you can use it in your playing.
Cmaj7 is the most important scale in western music. Not only because it’s the first scale you’ll learn, but because it can be used over a majority of chord progressions in all genres of music. Once you master Cmaj7, you can play your way out of any situation.
The Cmaj7 Scale
As mentioned, Cmaj7 is the first scale we all learn as musicians. It looks like this:
C D E F G A B
The notes that comprise the scale are called scale degrees and each one has a specific name:
C = root
D = second
E = third
F = fourth
G = fifth
A = sixth (also known as the submediant)
B = seventh (also known as the leading tone)
Cmaj7 isn’t just the most important chord in western music, it’s also a great scale. It is the notes C E G B.
The scale is based on the major key, which is based on the triad of notes C E G. The 7 derives from the fact that it’s built on the seventh note in the scale, B.
If you play this scale with your left hand and then play all of these chords in any order with your right hand you will sound good!
This is because all these chords are within the key of C major and anyone listening to this will hear something familiar and pleasing.
The C major scale is the most important scale in western music.
It sounds like this: https://assets.youneedabudget.com/d9be0f25-c-major-scale.wav
The C major scale is the root of all other major scales. The formula for a major scale is WWHWWWH. That stands for “whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step, half step”.
The C major scale is useful to know because it contains no accidentals (sharps or flats). It’s useful to know because it contains no accidentals (sharps or flats). It’s also useful because the C major chord has no sharps or flats either, so if you play a song in the key of C you can use the same fingering on your guitar or keyboard over and over again!
Cmaj7 or C Major 7 is a very common chord and one of the most important chords in western music.
It’s a major scale with an added seventh. So, we take the C major scale: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, and then we add an extra note on top: Bb. This gives us the notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, Bb.
When this chord is played on piano it sounds like this: [play sound]
It’s used in all kinds of music from pop to jazz. It has a very happy and uplifting sound.
Here are some other examples of songs that use this chord progression:
The seven-note scale is a very important concept in western music. It’s the foundation of harmony, melody and songwriting. However, there are many types of scales. Some are more common than others, and some are more useful than others. One of the most useful scales is called the major scale or sometimes Ionian mode.
The major scale is the first scale most people learn when learning to play an instrument and it’s also one of the first things a singer learns (because so much music is built from it). An easy way to remember it is with this mnemonic: Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do. Remember that Do = 1, Re = 2, Mi = 3, etc..
In C Major (or C Ionian), these notes are: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1. Or C D E F G A B C. If you play this on a piano you’ll see that each note goes up by one half step (up one key on the piano) until you reach G, then you go up by a whole step to A and then back up by half steps until you reach C again.
A C Major chord is just three notes from this scale: 1-3-5
What is Cmaj7?
Cmaj7 (pronounced ‘C Major Seven’) is a major triad with a major seventh. It contains the notes C, E, G and B.
It is produced by taking the root, 3rd, 5th and 7th of the Major scale.
The Maj7 or Major 7th chord is one of my favorite chords of all time because it just sounds so beautiful. However it also sounds really different to most of the other chords I regularly use. In fact it’s probably more accurate to say that this sounds really different from any other chord in general, which is why I like it so much! It has a very unique sound that can be described as dreamy and evocative yet positive and hopeful at the same time.
If you ever hear someone playing an open A string on their guitar while singing ‘Oh My God’ then they are probably playing Cmaj7.