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What Does WWHWWWH Mean?

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Published on Apr 9, 2011

W = Whole Step
H = Half Step

So WWHWWWH simply is your pattern for the major scale.

We all know that the C major scale is CDEFGABC - but notice the intervals between each note.

The distance from C to D is a whole step (W). The distance from D to E is also a whole step (W). The distance from E to F is a half step (H).

So if we were to continue up this scale we would see that it is CDEFGABC and the intervals between each note is WWHWWWH

So WWHWWWH is simply giving you the "cheat sheet" of how to build up your major scale in any key.

Let's do E major:
E F# G# A B C# D# E = notice how the intervals are the same WWHWWWH as before.

Look at a piano, and you'll see the same thing.

So play around with this idea, build a major scale off of these notes and you'll be good to go!

Try it yourself, and see if your results match the answers for the major scale:

C major scale = C D E F G A B C
D major scale = D E F# G A B C# D
E major scale = E F# G# A B C# D# E
F major scale = F G A Bb C D E F
G major scale = G A B C D E F# G
A major scale = A B C# D E F# G# A
B major scale = B C# D# E F# G# A# B

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