Major Scales
Major scales for all positions.
Played on a C diatonic harmonica.

The major scale is constructed in the following order of whole (w) and half (h) steps.

in the key of C this becomes: C D E F G A B C (all the white keys on the piano)

Playlist of all scales

C major scale, first position
G major scale, second position
D major scale, third position
A major scale, fourth position
E major scale, fifth position
B major scale, sixth position
F# major scale, seventh position
C# major scale, eighth position
C# major scale, eighth position high 
Ab major scale, ninth position
Eb major scale, tenth position
Bb major scale, eleventh position
F major scale, twelfth position


User Contributed Notes
19-06-2011 11:36
No, everything on this site is played on a C harp. Can you record an example and send it to me?
19-06-2011 04:56
roger rabbit
@ Tinus site ya should I be using a g harp instead?
18-06-2011 23:13
@roger: are you playing the scales on a C harp?
18-06-2011 23:09
roger rabbit
when I play the scales it doesn't sound right. I don't know why because the bends sound good and so do the over blows. please help me.
24-01-2011 16:42
@Lee: Maybe you should read the site. It is all about what you have to do to play overblows. In short you bend down the blownote until it chokes so that the drawreed is able to sound.
24-01-2011 06:54
Are you saying that when you overblow, you blow into the hole differently than normal and the note goes up? How differently? What is the embochure setting for doin this? What are my lips and throat doing for the overblow vs th drawbend? (I can drawbend pretty well for blues.)
30-09-2010 19:12
I guess my question was answered had I only read the first line. WOW!!!
30-09-2010 19:10
Are you playing these scales using chromatic notes on the C diatonic Harp in the stated position or are you varying the harp keys in any of the examples? Because of the smoothness I cannot tell, but if they all are played on the C Harp, Kudos.

04-11-2009 12:25
Yes, thanx! now it works, i didnt dare to bend that far ;)
hm.. today ill buy a harmonica for a bit more than 8 euro and try if it works better... a full note bend with my crap fills my lungs completely ;)

Thanx// Jim
04-11-2009 10:45
I play a regular C harp. The F and the A in the first position are notes that require bending on the diatonic harmonica.
04-11-2009 10:26
Hi there!
Are you playing a low C harp or a regular bluesharp? something that buggs me is the note missing on the second draw on most bluesharps, but not on chromatics and some melody/solist-models.
You seamed to pass the first position C scale effortles in the low register, did you bend any note or are your harmonica tuned like a chrom?

Thanx for a very usefull site for pros and complete beginners as me ;)

07-09-2009 17:34
thanks for this informations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great site and recommends for all my friends!!!!!!! realy great!!!!!!! sorry i dont know well your language,but i hope its make sense!!!!!! thank so much!!!! osmar
24-01-2009 16:38
The numbers in the layout page indicate the harmonica holes. above them are the blownotes. Above the blownotes are the overblows and blowbends. Below the numbers are the drawnotes adn below the drawnotes are the bends and overdraws.
21-12-2008 05:27
Hey Tinus -- I don't understand that layout... Can you provide tabs? or explain that layout...
17-12-2008 04:38
17-12-2008 04:20
Hi I am looking for tabs & audio for the different scales for harmonica with/without over blows but i can not find them. I have found the audio on your site but i can not find tabs for it - can you help thanks Paul
18-12-2006 15:36
I have recorded som minor scales, you can find them on the next page.
15-12-2006 15:53
No I don't have any minor scale examples yet, but I will try to record some this week and put them up here.
14-12-2006 22:48
i've just finished my fourth harp lesson and i'm practising scales. do u have examples of minor scales?