|Octatonic Scale = Diminished Scale||Theory Things William Wieland|
An octatonic scale is an 8 tone scale|
which alternates ½ steps & whole steps...
( ½ W ½ W ½ W ½ W )
...or whole steps & ½ steps.
( W ½ W ½ W ½ W ½ )
In jazz, the octatonic scale is called the|
diminished scale. It is created with 2 diminished
seventh chords. Compare the following pitches
to the first scale.
Only 3 octatonic (or diminished) scales exist:
|This diminished scale
sounds great with a C7b9,
C7#9, C7#11 or C13.
|1st 4 notes of C minor and
1st 4 notes of F sharp minor
(C and F sharp are a tritone apart.)