Enigmatic Scales

The Enigmatic Scale was invented by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. It is a somewhat obscure augmented scale with an unstable tonic. It is not very often used.

Notice that the Enigmatic Scale are played differently, with one variation, ascending and descending. The diagrams show the ascending versions of the scale, but below the notes for the descending scale is also written out.

Enigmatic Major Scales

Here are pictures and notes of the major enigmatic scales. See also Minor Enigmatic Scales.

C

C Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes (ascending): C, Db, E, F#, G#, A#, B, C
Notes (descending): C, B, A#, G#, F, E, Db, C

C# / Db

C# Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes (ascending): C#, D, F, G, A, B, C, C#
Notes (descending): C#, C, B, A, Gb, F, D, C#

D

D Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes (ascending): D, Eb, F#, G#, A#, C, C#, D
Notes (descending): D, C#, C, A#, G, F#, Eb, D

D# /Eb

D# Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes (ascending): D#, E, G, A, B, C#, D, D#
Notes (descending): D#, D, C#, B, Ab, G, E, D#

E

E Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes (ascending): E, F, G#, A#, C, D, D#, E
Notes (descending): E, D#, D, C, A, G#, F, E

F

F Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes (ascending): F, Gb, A, B, C#, D#, E, F
Notes (descending): F, E, D#, C#, Bb, A, Gb, F

F# / Gb

F# Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes (ascending): F#, G, A#, C, D, E, F, F#
Notes (descending): F#, F, E, D, B, A#, G, F#

G

G Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes (ascending): G, Ab, B, C#, D#, F, F#, G
Notes (descending): G,, F#, F, D#, C, B, Ab, G

G# / Ab

G# Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes (ascending): G#, A, C, D, E, F#, G, G#
Notes (descending): G#, G, F#, E, Db, C, A, G#

A

A Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes (ascending): A, Bb, C#, D#, F, G, G#, A
Notes (descending): A, G#, G, F, D, C#, Bb, A

A# / Bb

A# Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes (ascending): A#, B, D, E, F#, G#, A, A#
Notes (descending): A#, A, G#, F#, Eb, D, B, A#

B

B Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes (ascending): B, C, D#, F, G, A, A#, B
Notes (descending): B, A#, A, G, E, D#, C, B

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

Interval: 1 2b 3 4# 5# 6# 7
Semi-Notes: 1 - 3 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 1
Formula: Half, Whole and a half, Whole, Whole, Whole, Whole, Half, Half

Enigmatic Minor Scales

Here are pictures and notes of the minor enigmatic scales (notice that the minor version is not associated with Giuseppe Verdi).

Cm

C Minor Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes: C, Db, Eb, F#, G, A#, B, C

C#m / Dbm

C# Minor Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes: C#, D, E, G, Ab, B, C, C#

Dm

D Minor Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes: D, Eb, F, G#, A, C, C#, D

D#m /Ebm

D# Minor Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes: D#, E, Gb, A, Bb, C#, D, D#

Em

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

Fm

F Minor Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes: F, Gb, Ab, B, C, D#, E, F

F#m / Gbm

F# Minor Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes: F#, G, A, C, Db, E, F, F#

Gm

G Minor Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes: G, Ab, Bb, C#, D, F, F#, G

G#m / Abm

G# Minor Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes: G#, A, B, D, Eb, F#, G, G#

Am

A Minor Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes: A, Bb, C, D#, E, G, G#, A

A#m / Bbm

A# Minor Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes: A#, B, Db, E, F, G#, A, A#

Bm

B Minor Enigmatic scale diagram
Notes: B, C, D, F, Gb, A, A#, B

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

Interval: 1 2b 3b 4# 5 6# 7
Semi-Notes: 1 - 2 - 3 - 1 - 3 - 1 - 1
Formula: Half, Whole, Whole and a half, Half, Whole and a half, Half, Half