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  Diatonic Scale -- from Eric Weisstein's Treasure Trove of Music
In particular, all of the church modes (dorian, phrygian, lydian, myxolydian, and aeolian) are rotations of the so-called major scale are diatonic.
In just intonation, the diatonic scale (as well as other scales) work differently for different starting notes, leading to the concept of the key.
The scale used on piano and fretted instruments is actually an approximation to the exact ratios given above because modern western music uses an equal temperament scale, allowing music to be transposed while slightly sacrificing the euphony of chords.
www.ericweisstein.com /encyclopedias/music/DiatonicScale.html   (270 words)

  
  Diatonic scale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In music theory, a diatonic scale (from the Greek diatonikos, "to stretch out"; also known as the heptatonia prima; set form 7-35) is a seven-note musical scale comprising five whole-tone and two half-tone steps, in which the half tones are maximally separated.
The modern major and minor scales are diatonic, as are all of the so-called 'church' modes.
Technically speaking, diatonic scales are obtained from a chain of six successive fifths in some version of meantone temperament, and resulting in two tetrachords separated by intervals of a whole tone.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Diatonic_scale   (683 words)

  
 Scale (music) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Scales are typically ordered in pitch, with their ordering providing a measure of musical distance.
Scales are often abstracted from performance or composition, though they are often used precompositionally to guide or limit a composition.
Microtonal scales are also used in traditional Indian Raga music, which has a variety of modes which are used not only as modes or scales but also as defining elements of the song, or raga.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Scale_(music)   (1329 words)

  
 The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition: scale @ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
The major scale, called diatonic, has five whole tones (t) and two semitones (s) arranged thus: ttsttts (as in the white notes on the piano keyboard taken from one C to the next C); this scale, with certain modifications, became the basis of Western musical tonality until the end of the 19th cent.
Although the diatonic scale is basically heptatonic (seven-noted), music that is in a major or minor tonality usually employs the remaining five tones of the chromatic scale as auxiliary or ornamental tones.
The 12 scales, one for each note as the home tone, plus the 12 concomitant minor scales remained the basic organizing structure of Western music until the system was challenged by the dodecaphonic (twelve-tone scale) composers, in particular Arnold Schoenberg, who worked into the mid-20th cent.
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 The Diatonic Scales
The diatonic scale and the melodic scale are the only scales which have just two types of second - the major second and minor second (represented by a whole tone and a semitone, respectively).
The seven modes of the diatonic scale (Lydian, Ionian, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, Phrygian and Locrian) were (with the exception of the Locrian) widely used in the pretonal Western music of the Middle Ages.
The tendency of the diatonic scale is toward the major interpretation rather than the aeolian, so once we are in the aeolian mode it is quite natural to drift back to its relative major scale.
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 Diatonic.eu
The modern major and minor scales are diatonic, as are all of the so-called 'church' modes.
The scales are the diatonic scale, the ascending minor scale, the harmonic minor scale, the harmonic major scale, and the
This is because instructions for tuning the scale involve tuning a chain of six fifths so that the corresponding circle of seven major and minor thirds are all consonant-sounding, and this is a recipe for tuning a diatonic scale.
www.diatonic.eu   (1172 words)

  
 Electronic musical instrument - Patent 4009633
For translation to the diatonic scale, it is necessary to use a second scale selector switch operating on the outputs from the chains of frequency dividers.
This octachord scale, obtained by adding the F sharp tone to the diatonic scale based on C, is a most common extension of the diatonic scale.
This scale may be considered to be a diminished diatonic scale, obtained by omitting the E tone from one of the cyclic modes of the diatonic scale.
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 Music Theory / Pitch
The diatonic 4th of C is F. The diatonic 5th of C is G. As you will see, memorising the diatonic 4ths and 5ths is all you need to do to memorise the diatonic scales.
The 5th of F is C. There are no flats in the diatonic scale of C. The 5th of C is G. There is one sharp in the diatonic scale of G. The 5th of G is D. There are two sharps in the diatonic scale of D. The entire pattern is in the diagram.
The diatonic 5th of C is G. One note in the diatonic scale of G is a semitone higher than what it is in C. Step through the diatonic scales.
www.musicarrangers.com /star-theory/p10.htm   (354 words)

  
 The Scales Page
Scales in which different notes are used in different octaves, or where octaves are not found at all, are rare.
For a scale to be successful as a melodic resource it should be reasonably smooth and even; without sudden gaps which sound as if a note has been omitted, or sudden concentrations of notes which sound as if an extraneous note has been added.
Both the major scale and the natural minor scale are drawn from the same prime scale, and that prime scale is the diatonic scale.
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 The Classical Scale Dictonary Page on Classic Cat
A musical scale is a set of tones each having a definite pitch and each having a specific frequency ratio compared to the others, that is, each having specific interval relative to all the other pitches, arranged (or sounded) in a sequence from low to high, or alternatively, from high to low.
In the C diatonic scale, with C chosen as tonic, C is the first scale degree, D is the second scale degree, and so on.
A common scale in Eastern music is the pentatonic scale, consisting of five tones, in a pattern equivalent to the fl keys on a piano.
www.classiccat.net /dictionary/scale.htm   (1723 words)

  
 The Classical Diatonic scale Dictonary Page on Classic Cat
In music theory, a diatonic scale (from the Greek διατονικος, meaning "[progressing] through tones", also known as the heptatonia prima and set form 7-35) is a seven-note musical scale comprising five whole-tone and two half-tone steps, in which the half tones are maximally separated.
The scales are the diatonic scale, the ascending minor scale, the harmonic minor scale, the harmonic major scale, and the locrian major scale; of these, all but the last are well-known and in fact constitute the backbone of diatonic practice when taken together.
The scale, in the vocabulary of Erv Wilson, who seems to have been the first to consider the notion, is what is sometimes called a MOS scale.
www.classiccat.net /dictionary/diatonic_scale.htm   (1310 words)

  
 The Diatonic Scale
Scales, chords and formulas, oh no !  Don't worry...the diatonic scale is the only scale you really need  to learn.
The diatonic scale is built from the chromatic   scale.
The chromatic scale is simply the root(1st) tone followed by each half-step tone ascending consecutively until arriving at the root(1st) tone one octave higher in pitch.
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The diatonic scale need not begin with middle C. When it begins with another key the melody it plays is the same, but the notes change so that they are no longer on only the white keys.
The fifth note of the mode one pentatonic scale (first three holes and hole five open) is note 6 1/2 of the diatonic scale and is called the "dominant seventh".
The fifth note of the mode four pentatonic scale (first two holes and holes four and five open) is note 6 1/2 of the diatonic scale and is called the "dominant seventh".
www.softcom.net /users/greebo/transpos.htm   (1859 words)

  
 Diatonic Scale
A diatonic scale is keyed to a series of major or minor notes.
The principle of a diatonic scale can be demonstrated using a single string of any length subdivided into seven notes.
The ratios of major and minor series of notes in diatonic scales are defined by a Pythagorean table of ratios, the Lambdoma.
www.timestar.org /diatonic.htm   (584 words)

  
 Harmonic System Based on the 7 Diatonic Modes ( M.J.E. / Writings / Music Essays / ~ )
The harmonic minor is like the A minor scale shown above except that the G is sharp; in general, in harmonic minor scales, in whatever key, the 7th note is always raised a semitone higher than it would be in the natural form of the scale.
This form of minor scale is called "harmonic minor" because when harmonies are constructed in minor-key music, it often tends to use the raised 7th, especially in dominant harmony.
"Diatonic" is a musical term which refers to notes which belong to a major or minor scale, as against "chromatic", which refers to notes that don't belong to such a scale, and which therefore require accidentals to notate when they occur in a major- or minor-key passage.
www.foxall.com.au /users/mje/7Modes.htm   (2867 words)

  
 Bass Scales In Tablature - Bass Guitar - Scales And Modes
Diatonic Scales A diatonic scale may be defined as dia=8, tonic =note.
In thus, meaning that the diatonic scale, is an 8 note scale.There are 7 different notes, and the 8th note being the octave.
Enigmatic Scale Hungarian Minor G :------------------------------------------------------ D :-------------------6--7----------------------6--7----- A :----------6--8--9-------------------6--7--8----------- E :-5--6--9-------------------5--7--8-------------------- A A# C# D# F F# G# A A B C D# E F G# A The Actual Blues Scale Many guitarist are under the impression that they have learned the blues scale after they have learned the pentat- onic minor scale.
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 Diatonic scale information - Search.com
In music theory, a diatonic scale (from the Greek diatonikos, "to stretch out"; also known as the heptatonia prima; set form 7-35) is a seven-note musical scale comprising five whole-tone and two half-tone steps, in which the half tones are maximally separated.
Technically speaking, diatonic scales are obtained from a chain of six successive fifths in some version of meantone temperament, and resulting in two tetrachords separated by intervals of a whole tone.
Western harmony from the Renaissance up until the late 19th century is based on the diatonic scale and the unique hierarchical relationships, or diatonic functionality, created by this system of organizing seven notes.
www.search.com /reference/Diatonic   (715 words)

  
 Harp Spectrum
Most cross-strung harps are tuned with a diatonic C major scale as one course, and a pentatonic F#/Gb scale as the other (like the white and fl keys of a piano).
One set was diatonic and set in the middle of the soundboard; the second set was tuned to provide the missing semitones, and was set partially on the left of the diatonic row and partially on the right.
The semitones in a "melodic" minor scale are the same as the harmonic minor scale when ascending, and the same as the natural minor when descending.
www.harpspectrum.org /glossary/glossary.shtml   (3812 words)

  
 ELEMENTS: Harmony-diatonicism
Every major diatonic scale, like the one diagrammed above, has a minor diatonic scale which shares its "key signature" or configuration of 1/2-steps and whole steps but starts two steps earlier, shifting the intervallic template to a new minor identity.
The most common modulation of the major diatonic scale is to the dominant major diatonic scale.
Almost as common is the modulation of the major diatonic scale is to the subdominant major diatonic scale.
www.kitbraz.com /tchr/hist/elem/diatonicism.html   (545 words)

  
 Prodikeys.com - : Resource
A Chromatic scale consists of an ascending or descending sequence of 12 semitones.
Jazz scale consists of a slight drop of pitch on the third, fifth, or seventh tones of a standard scale, common in blues and jazz.
A Pentatonic scale is formed by the fl notes of the keyboard, or the white notes C, D, E, G and A - two whole tones, a minor third and a whole tone.
www.prodikeys.com /resource/glossary.asp   (1410 words)

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