Arabic Scales

There are actually two different scales referred to as “Arabian”. One is similar to the Major Locrian Scale and the other to the Diminished Scale. The scales illustrated below in all keys belongs to the former. They can be easy to memorize if compared to the Major Scale: the fifth, sixth and seventh is lowered half a step and the rest of the notes are just the same as in the Major.

The scale is not officially named “Arabic Scale”, but since it is often used in Arabic music it is adequate to call it so. See also Maqams.

C

C Arabic scale diagram
Notes: C, D, E, F, F#, G#, Bb, C

C# / Db

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

D

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

D# /Eb

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

E

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

F

F Arabic scale diagram
Notes: F, G, A, Bb, B, C#, Eb, F

F# / Gb

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

G

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

G# / Ab

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

A

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

A# / Bb

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

B

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

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

Intervals: 1, 2, 3, 4, #4, #5, b7
Semi-notes: 2 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2
Formula: Whole, Whole, Half, Half, Whole, Whole, Whole