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You learned a scale when you learned the names of the white keys. Starting on root C, these seven tones naturally spell the C major scale. This is one reason we started on C when being introduced to them. The C major scale is based on a specific interval step pattern. Using R for root, W for whole steps and H for half steps, the pattern is: R W W W H W W H.
Every major scale uses the same step pattern.