Diminished Scales

The Diminished Scale is built upon two diminished seventh chords. In the C Diminished Scale this would be C - Eb - Gb - A (Cdim7) and D - F - Ab - B (Ddim7). This scale is primarily used in jazz music and works well together with alternate seventh chords.

The Diminished Scale is also referred to as the Whole-half Scale since it is constructed by every second whole and half steps (notice also that it is a symmetrical scale). It is close related to the Half-whole Diminished scale (a.k.a. the Dominant Diminished Scale) and should be separated from the Diminished Whole Tone Scale.

C

C Diminished scale diagram
Notes: C, D, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, A, B, C

C# / Db

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

D

D Diminished scale diagram
Notes: D, E, F, G, Ab, Bb, B, C#, D

D# /Eb

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

E

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

F

F Diminished scale diagram
Notes: F, G, Ab, Bb, B, C#, D, E, F

F# / Gb

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

G

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

G# / Ab

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

A

A Diminished scale diagram
Notes: A, B, C, D, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, A

A# / Bb

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

B

B Diminished scale diagram
Notes: B, C#, D, E, F, G, Ab, Bb, B

Diminished Scales overview
C: C, D, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, A, B, C
C#/Db: C#, D#, E, F#, G, A, A#, C, C# / Db, Eb, Fb, Gb, G, A, Bb, C, Db
D: D, E, F, G, Ab, Bb, B, C#, D
D#/Eb: D#, F, F#, G#, A, B, C, D, D# / Eb, F, Gb, Ab, A, B, C, D, EB
E: E, F#, G, A, Bb, C, C#, D#, E
F: F, G, Ab, Bb, B, C#, D, E, F
F#/Gb: F#, G#, A, B, C, D, D#, F, F# / Gb, Ab, A, B, C, D, Eb, F, Gb
G: G, A, Bb, C, C#, D#, E, F#, G
G#/Ab: G#, A#, B, C#, D, E, F, G, G# / Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, D, E, F, G, Ab
A: A, B, C, D, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, A
A#/Bb: A#, C, C#, D#, E, F#, G, A, A# / Bb, C, Db, Eb, E, Gb, G, A, Bb
B: B, C#, D, E, F, G, Ab, Bb, B

Intervals: 1, 2, b3, 4, b5, b6, 6, 7
Semi-notes: 2 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1
Formula: Whole, Half, Whole, Half, Whole, Half, Whole, Half