diatonic scale

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Noun1.diatonic scale - a scale with eight notes in an octave; all but two are separated by whole tones
musical scale, scale - (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)
musical mode, mode - any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes within an octave
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In the overture, Mozart creates an "uncanny" feeling by combining chromatic harmonies with simple melodic diatonic scales (p.
Its differences from Western music cannot be elaborated here, but they stem from around the Renaissance era, when European composers developed diatonic scales -- the origin of "tempered music.
Boomwhackers Tuned Percussion Tubes are durable yet flexible plastic tubes that emit musical tunes when they strike or are struck by another object, are color-coded by musical note and tuned by length, featuring diatonic and bass diatonic scales.