In this article we are going to look at the C Sharp Major Scale and how to play it in all positions along the guitar fretboard.
The C sharp major scale contains 7 sharps. Yes, that’s right, 7 sharps. They are:
C# – D# – E# – F# – G# – A# – B#
Obviously, the above gives us the entire 7 notes contained in the scale. C sharp is the same as D flat and the key of D flat is used or referred to a lot more than C sharp. I would suggest focusing on D flat for now, if you are still trying to get your head around major scales. Otherwise, if you want to get right into it, have a lot at the positions below.
Just like D flat, there is no open position for the C sharp major scale. This is because the C# major scale contains no notes that can be played on an open string (assuming that the guitar is tuned normally of course). Therefor, we will look only at the five movable positions, in the key of C sharp.
The first one is in the 1st position (the lowest fret is fret 1)
The next one is in the 2nd position (the lowest fret is fret 2)
The next one is in the 5th position (the lowest fret is fret 5)
The next one is in the 8th position (the lowest fret is fret 8)
The next one is in the 9th position (the lowest fret is fret 9)
So there we have it! All the positions along the neck for C# major. Enjoy ;)
For more information on major scales check out the post a complete guide to major scales on the guitar.
Also check out the post, guitar modes explained.
Here are the 7 modes in the key of C# Major:
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