Diminished Scales

The Diminished Scale consists of eight notes, and therefore belongs to the category of octatonic scales. The name is derived from the fact that the scale is built upon two diminished seven chords. The scale is not very common, but sometimes used in jazz music primarily. See also the Dominant Diminished Scale.

The diminished scale is also referred to as the Whole-half diminished scale due to the fact it is constructed by every second whole and half steps (notice also that it is a symmetrical scale). It must not be confused with the Diminished Whole Tone Scale (Altered Scale a.k.a. Super Locrian).

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

Interval: 1, b2, b3, 3, b5, b6, b7
Semi-notes: 2 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1
Formula: Whole, Half, Whole, Half, Whole, Half, Whole, Half

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