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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After advancing through the preceding technical preparation, Long takes the student into her approach to diatonic scale playing.
Western music is based on the diatonic scale (do re mi fa so la ti).
It requires learning not only the music, which uses many different modes, rather than the familiar diatonic scale, but also learning the Russian pronunciation of the text.
For what it's worth the two outer rows are tuned to the diatonic scale and the semitones are in the middle row.
Musical works consist of only seven notes on a diatonic scale and a limited number of rhythms.
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