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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

    Thanks!
    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.