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The Scale Names

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Kung Fu, Nov 14, 2002.

  1. Kung Fu

    Kung Fu

    Oct 18, 2002
    Bath, UK
    Hey, this may be a bit of a stupid question to some, but what are the more common names for scales.

    For example I know that the Ionian scale is the Major scale.

    Could someone please make a table so I know the more familiar names of the other scales?

    I'm using this chart: http://www.activebass.com/basics/stable.asp

    Joel. :)
  2. theydolph

    theydolph Guest

    Oct 26, 2002
    Well, starting with the Major scale you've got:
    1st mode: Ionian (cdefgab, in Cmajor)
    2nd : Dorian (defgabc)
    3rd: Phrygian (efgabcd)
    4th: Lydian (fgabcde)
    5th: Mixolydian (gabcdef)
    6th: Aeolian/Natural Minor (abcdefg)
    7th: Locrian (bcdefga)
    Then you've got Melodic Minor (CDEbFGAB), Wholetone (all wholesteps) Diminished Half step Whole Step (H,W,H,W repeating) Diminished Whole step Half Sep (W,H,W,H repeating) Pentatonic (CDEGA) "Blues" scale (CEbFF#GBb) Harmonic Minor (CDEbFGAbB) And about a 2,800,987,000 more (slight exaggeration) Start with the basics, like the Major scale and its modes and slowly introduce more scales. Hope this helps.
  3. Kung Fu

    Kung Fu

    Oct 18, 2002
    Bath, UK

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