C Major Key example

Animated C Major Key example tab by ActionTab on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

This exercise is from the Theory section on Keys.

Here we are playing in the key of C major. Even though we have different chords playing in the background, C is the dominant tone - the key note. Moreover, the whole C major scale will work over this entire chord sequence.

First we play out the backing chords by themselves:

C major - F major - G major - C major

Then those chords repeat in the background whilst we play out the C major scale notes over the top. We vary the scale a little towards the end to make things a little more musical.

The point of this exercise is to see that when playing in a Key, everything else is relative to the dominant key note - and its corresponding major scale!

The C major scale is unique in that it contains no #'s or b's. The notes are:

C - D - E - F - G - A - B - C

The chords in this ActionTab come from this 'harmonized C major scale', giving us:

I C major
ii D minor
iii E minor
IV F major
V G major
vi A minor
viiĀ° B dim
I C major

So, we are just playing a chord progression of I - IV - V - I in the key of C major. See the section on the harmonized scale if you are lost!

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