How to Play The Major (Ionian) Scale

Learn Fretboard Patterns, Note Names and Intervals

Here you find the guitar tabs and the fretboard diagrams for learning the Major (Ionian) scale on guitar.

This scale is composed of the Root, Major Second, Major Third, Perfect Fourth, Perfect Fifth, Major Sixth, and Major Seventh

The C Major Scale (Ionian) scale is composed of the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, and B

The first and easiest mode is the Ionian mode, which is simply the major scale.

Ionian songs are mostly upbeat like “Down on the Corner”, “Ode to Joy”, and “Beast of Burden”.

If you need help in reading the diagrams on this page, check the How to read music for guitar tutorial. To learn more about scales, check our complete guide on How to play guitar scales.

C Major Scale (Ionian) Intervals:

1
b2
2
b3
3
4
b5
5
#5
6
b7
7

C Major Scale (Ionian) Notes:

C D E F G A B

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C Major Scale (Ionian) - Box Pattern - Variation 1

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