Algerian Scales

The Algerian Scale has eight notes and the easiest way to memorize them are, like always, by the intervals. The first thing that you should give attention to in the Algerian scales is the four semi-steps that follows in sequence: note four, five, six and seven.

This scale is for anybody who likes music from the Middle East or just want to try something exotic. Additionally, there is an expanded version of this scale, which is presented below the pictures.

C

C Algerian scale diagram
Notes: C, D, Eb, F, F#, G, Ab, B, C

C# / Db

C# Algerian scale diagram
Notes: C#, D#, E, F#, G, G#, A, C, C#

D

D Algerian scale diagram
Notes: D, E, F, G, G#, A, A#, C#, D

D# /Eb

D# Algerian scale diagram
Notes: D#, F, F#, G#, A, A#, B, D, D#

E

E Algerian scale diagram
Notes: E, F#, G, A, A#, B, C, D#, E

F

F Algerian scale diagram
Notes: F, G, Ab, Bb, B, C, Db, E, F

F# / Gb

F# Algerian scale diagram
Notes: F#, G#, A, B, C, D#, D, F, F#

G

G Algerian scale diagram
Notes: G, A, Bb, C, C#, D, D#, F#, G

G# / Ab

G# Algerian scale diagram
Notes: G#, A#, B, C#, D, D#, E, G, G#

A

A Algerian scale diagram
Notes: A, B, C, D, D#, E, F, G#, A

A# / Bb

A# Algerian scale diagram
Notes: A#, C, C#, D#, E, F, F#, A, A#

B

B Algerian scale diagram
Notes: B, C#, D, E, F, F#, G, A#, B

Algerian Scales overview
C: C, D, Eb, F, F#, G, Ab, B, C
C#/Db: C#, D#, E, F#, G, G#, A, C, C#
D: D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C#, D
D#/Eb: D, E, F, G, G#, A, A#, C#, D
E: E, F#, G, A, A#, B, C, D#, E
F: F, G, Ab, Bb, B, C, Db, E, F
F#/Gb: F#, G#, A, B, C, D#, D, F, F#
G: G, A, Bb, C, C#, D, D#, F#, G
G#/Ab: G#, A#, B, C#, D, D#, E, G, G#
A: A, B, C, D, D#, E, F, G#, A
A#/Bb: A#, C, C#, D#, E, F, F#, A, A#
B: B, C#, D, E, F, F#, G, A#, B

Intervals: 1, 2, b3, 4, #4, 5, b6, 7
Semi-notes: 2 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 3 - 1
Formula: Whole, Half, Whole, Half, Half, Half, Whole and a half, Whole

The long version of the Algerian Scale

There is also an expanded version of this scale, which include three additional notes which continues into the next octave. Taking Algerian scale in C as an example, this is how the short and long versions of the scales divide:
Short version: C, D, Eb, F, F#, G, Ab, B, C
Long version: C, D, Eb, F#, G, Ab, B, C, D, Eb, F

More interesting information concerning the Algerian Scale can be found in the article “Why Does A Scale Sound Exotic?” on Guitar9.com.