The B Major Scale

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The notes of the B major scale are B – C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A# – B. The note, B repeats one octave higher. Its key signature has five sharps.

Intervals of the Scale

  • Tonic: B
  • Major 2nd: C#
  • Major 3rd: D#
  • Perfect 4th: E
  • Perfect 5th: F#
  • Major 6th: G#
  • Major 7th: A#
  • Perfect 8th: B

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Piano diagram showing the notes of the B major scale:B major scale, piano

Scale Degrees

  • Tonic: B
  • Supertonic: C#
  • Mediant: D#
  • Subdominant: E
  • Dominant: F#
  • Submediant: G#
  • Leading tone: A#
  • Octave: BB major scale, treble clef

B major scale, bass clef

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To construct a major scale, you can use the formula, W-W-H-W-W-W-H. “W” stands for whole step and “H” stands for half step. A half step (also called a semitone) is the shortest interval in Western music. On piano, the distance from one key to the key that is closest to it is a half step. For example, D# to E is a half step. A# to B is also a half step. A whole step (also called a whole tone) is made up of two half steps. B to C# is a whole step. C# to D# is a whole step. On piano, a whole step always skips a key.

To form the B major scale, you start on B, move one whole step to C#, a whole step to D#, a half step to E, a whole step to F#, a whole step to G#, a whole step to A# and a half step to B.

B Major Scale Fingering

What’s the fingering for this scale? It’s as follows:

  • Notes: B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A#, B
  • Fingerings (Left Hand): 4, 3, 2, 1, 4, 3, 2, 1
  • Fingerings (Right Hand): 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

(Thumb is finger 1, index finger is finger 2, middle finger is 3, ring finger is 4 and pinky finger is 5.)

What are the triad chords in the key of B major? They are as follows:

  • Chord I: B major. Its notes are B – D# – F#.
  • Chord ii: C# minor. Its notes are C# – E – G#.
  • Chord iii: D# minor. Its notes are D# – F# – A#.
  • Chord IV: E major. Its notes are E – G# – B.
  • Chord V: F# major. It’s notes are F# – A# – C#.
  • Chord vi: G# minor. Its notes are G# – B – D#.
  • Chord vii: A# diminished. Its notes are A# – C# – E.

Diatonic Triads In key of B major: B – C#m – D#m – E – F# – G#m – A#dim

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The relative minor of B major is G# minor. The relative minor of a major key is based on the 6th note of the major scale.Major scales and their relative minors share the same notes. The notes of the G# minor scale are:  G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E – F# – G#.

Modes of the B major scale:

  • Ionian/Major Scale: B – C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A# – B
  • Dorian: C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A# – B – C#
  • Phrygian: D# – E – F# – G# – A# – B – C# – D#
  • Lydian: E – F# – G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E
  • Mixolydian: F# – G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E – F#
  • Aeolian/Natural minor scale: G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E – F# – G#
  • Locrian: A# – B – C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A#

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