The Octatonic (Diminished) Scale
Friday, January 20, 2012 9:00:54 AM
The octatonic, or diminished, scale is among the simplest scales possible, yet has been used to tremendous effect in nearly every genre.
This eight-note scale may be conceived in two manners, but both of the approaches use a repeating subunit of alternating whole-steps and half-steps.
The first manner, most often used by classical composers and termed diminished, encourages beginning with a whole-step, while the second, used frequently by jazz players and composers who call it octatonic, encourages starting with the half-step.
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