musical scale

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Noun1.musical scale - (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)musical scale - (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
gamut - the entire scale of musical notes
diatonic scale - a scale with eight notes in an octave; all but two are separated by whole tones
chromatic scale - a 12-note scale including all the semitones of the octave
gapped scale - a musical scale with fewer than seven notes
musical note, note, tone - a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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The melodic motives and phrases result in a tonal vocabulary of ten distinct tones, from which a core of four tones comprise a tetratonic (4-tone) scale.
As with phrase lengths and rhythms, the scales employed by singers, although typically pentatonic or tetratonic, also tended to vary in pitch by region because they were based on local linguistic dialects.