Whole Tone Scales

The Whole Tone Scale is, as the name imply, built by notes with intervals of a whole note. This is therefore a so-called symmetrical scale, meaning that the interval is the same throughout the scale. A whole tone is the same as two steps on the keyboard – one step is therefore a half tone.

The scale is consisting of six tones (the pictures shows an octave including both the start and end note, the tonic). This is not a very common scale, but is for example used in jazz and often played over dominant seventh chords.

C

C Whole Tone scale diagram
Notes: C, D, E, F#, G#, Bb, C

C# / Db

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

D

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

D# /Eb

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

E

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

F

F Whole Tone scale diagram
Notes: F, G, A, B, C#, Eb, F

F# / Gb

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

G

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

G# / Ab

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

A

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

A# / Bb

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

B

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

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

Interval: 1, 2, 3, 4#, 5#, 7b
Semi-notes: 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2
Formula: Whole, Whole, Whole, Whole, Whole, Whole