Neapolitan Scales

The Neapolitan Scales originates from the city of Naples and opera composers during the 18th century such as Domenico Scarlatti and Domenico Cimarosa.

There are both a minor and a major Neapolitan Scale. The Minor Neapolitan could be seen as a Harmonic Minor with a flat second note, whereas the Major Neapolitan could be seen as a Melodic Minor with a flat second note. These scales are also connected to the Neapolitan sixth chord, which has a flattened second.

Neapolitan Minor Scales

Here are pictures and notes of the Minor Neapolitan Scale. See also Major Neapolitan Scales.

C

C Neapolitan Minor scale diagram
Notes: C, Db, Eb, F, G, Ab, B, C

C# / Db

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

D

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

D# /Eb

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

E

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

F

F Neapolitan Minor scale diagram
Notes: F, Gb, Ab, Bb, C, Db, E, F

F# / Gb

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

G

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

G# / Ab

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

A

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

A# / Bb

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

B

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

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

Intervals: 1, 2b, 3b, 4, 5, 6b, 7
Semi-notes: 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 1
Formula: Half, Whole, Whole, Whole, Half, Whole and a half, Half

Neapolitan Major Scales

Here are pictures and notes of the Major Neapolitan Scale.

C

C Neapolitan Major scale diagram
Notes: C, Db, Eb, F, G, A, B, C

C# / Db

C# Neapolitan Major scale diagram
Notes: Db, E, F, Gb, Ab, Bb, C, Db

D

D Neapolitan Major scale diagram
Notes: D, Eb, F, G, A, B, C#, D

D# /Eb

D# Neapolitan Major scale diagram
Notes: Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, Bb, C, D, Eb

E

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

F

F Neapolitan Major scale diagram
Notes: F, Gb, Ab, Bb, C, D, E, F

F# / Gb

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

G

G Neapolitan Major scale diagram
Notes: G, Ab, Bb, C, D, E, F#, G

G# / Ab

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

A

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

A# / Bb

A# Neapolitan Major scale diagram
Notes: Bb, Cb, Db, Eb, F, G, A, Bb

B

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

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

Intervals: 1, 2b, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7
Semi-notes: 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1
Formula: Half, Whole, Whole, Whole, Whole, Whole, Half