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Asked • 06/27/19

Is Cmaj7 in the C major scale different than the Cmaj7 in the C Dorian scale?

I was told that the 7 in Cmaj7 indicates the 7th scale degree. But here's what's confusing to me: in the C major scale, the 7th scale degree is B. And the interval from the root note of the Cmaj7 chord to the 7th would be a M7. However, in the C Dorian scale, the 7th scale degree is A#, and the interval from the root note of Cmaj7 to the 7th would be a m7. So if the number 7 in Cmaj7 really indicates the 7th scale degree, then does that mean Cmaj7 in C major scale is different than Cmaj7 in C Dorian scale?

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