Octatonic Scales

The Octatonic Scale consists, as the name implies, of eight notes. (An octatonic scale is also used as a term to describe a scale with eight notes in it.) The scale alternates half and whole steps and there are two different versions with intervals ordered contrarily.

Octatonic (Half Whole) Scales

Here are pictures and notes of the Octatonic scales. See Octatonic (Whole Half) Scales.

C

C Octatonic Half Whole scale diagram
Notes: C, Db, Eb, E, Gb, G, A, Bb, C

C# / Db

C# Octatonic Half Whole scale diagram
Notes: C#, D, E, F, G, G#, A#, B, C#

D

D Octatonic Half Whole scale diagram
Notes: D, Eb, F, F#, Ab, A, B, C, D

D# /Eb

D# Octatonic Half Whole scale diagram
Notes: D#, E, Gb, G, A, A#, C, C#, D#

E

E Octatonic Half Whole scale diagram
Notes: E, F, G, G#, Bb, B, C#, D, E

F

F Octatonic Half Whole scale diagram
Notes: F, Gb, Ab, A, B, C, D, Eb, F

F# / Gb

F# Octatonic Half Whole scale diagram
Notes: F#, G, A, A#, C, C#, D#, E, F#

G

G Octatonic Half Whole scale diagram
Notes: G, Ab, Bb, B, Db, D, E, F, G

G# / Ab

G# Octatonic Half Whole scale diagram
Notes: G#, A, B, C, D, D#, F, F#, G#

A

A Octatonic Half Whole scale diagram
Notes: A, Bb, C, C#, Eb, E, F#, G, A

A# / Bb

A# Octatonic Half Whole scale diagram
Notes: A#, B, Db, D, E, F, G, G#, A#

B

B Octatonic Half Whole scale diagram
Notes: B, C, D, D#, F, F#, G#, A, B

Octatonic (Half Whole) Scales overview
C: C, Db, Eb, E, Gb, G, A, Bb, C
C#/Db: C#, D, E, F, G, G#, A#, B, C#
D: D, Eb, F, F#, Ab, A, B, C, D
D#/Eb: D#, E, Gb, G, A, A#, C, C#, D#
E: E, F, G, G#, Bb, B, C#, D, E
F: F, Gb, Ab, A, B, C, D, Eb, F
F#/Gb: F#, G, A, A#, C, C#, D#, E, F#
G: G, Ab, Bb, B, Db, D, E, F, G
G#/Ab: G#, A, B, C, D, D#, F, F#, G#
A: A, Bb, C, C#, Eb, E, F#, G, A
A#/Bb: A#, B, Db, D, E, F, G, G#, A#
B: B, C, D, D#, F, F#, G#, A, B

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

Octatonic (Whole Half) Scales

The following scales have the opposite formula, beginning with a full step and ending with a semi-step.

C

C Octatonic Whole Half scale diagram
Notes: C, D, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, A, B, C

C# / Db

C# Octatonic Whole Half scale diagram
Notes: C#, D#, E, F#, G, A, Bb, C, C#

D

D Octatonic Whole Half scale diagram
Notes: D, E, F, G, Ab, Bb, B, C#, D

D# /Eb

D# Octatonic Whole Half scale diagram
Notes: D#, F, Gb, G#, A, B, C, D, D#

E

E Octatonic Whole Half scale diagram
Notes: E, F#, G, A, Bb, C, Db, D#, E

F

F Octatonic Whole Half scale diagram
Notes: F, G, Ab, Bb, B, Db, D, E, F

F# / Gb

F# Octatonic Whole Half scale diagram
Notes: F#, G#, A, B, C, D, Eb, F, F#

G

G Octatonic Whole Half scale diagram
Notes: G, A, Bb, C, Db, Eb, E, F#, G

G# / Ab

G# Octatonic Whole Half scale diagram
Notes: G#, A#, B, C#, D, E, F, G, G#

A

A Octatonic Whole Half scale diagram
Notes: A, B, C, D, Eb, F, Gb, G#, A

A# / Bb

A# Octatonic Whole Half scale diagram
Notes: A#, C, Db, D#, E, F#, G, A, A#

B

B Octatonic Whole Half scale diagram
Notes: B, C#, D, E, F, G, Ab, A#, B

Octatonic (Whole Half) 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, Gb, G#, A, B, C, D, D#
E: E, F#, G, A, Bb, C, Db, D#, E
F: F, G, Ab, Bb, B, Db, D, E, F
F#/Gb: F#, G#, A, B, C, D, Eb, F, F#
G: G, A, Bb, C, Db, Eb, E, F#, G
G#/Ab: G#, A#, B, C#, D, E, F, G, G#
A: A, B, C, D, Eb, F, Gb, G#, A
A#/Bb: A#, C, Db, D#, E, F#, G, A, A#
B: B, C#, D, E, F, G, Ab, A#, B

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