Iwato scale

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Iwato scale on C.[1] About this sound Play  Piggott gives C-D-E-G-A.[2] (Iwato scale on D)

The iwato scale is a musical scale that is similar to the Locrian mode (spelled 1 b2 b3 4 b5 b6 b7), seventh mode of the major scale, different in that it has no 3rd or 6th notes, thus making it pentatonic. It spelling is therefore 1 b2 4 b5 b7. It is used in traditional Japanese music for the koto. It is a mode of the Hirajōshi scale.


  1. ^ [author missing] ([year needed]). Alien Guitar Lessons for the Intermediate & Advanced Guitarist, p.118. ISBN 978-1-4357-4947-4. Lulu.com
  2. ^ Sir Francis Taylor Piggott (1893). The Music and Musical Instruments of Japan, p.96. Kelly & Walsh.

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