Neapolitan scale

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Neapolitan minor scale on C About this sound Play .
Neapolitan major scale on C About this sound Play .

In music, the major Neapolitan scale and the minor Neapolitan scale are two musical scales. Both scales are minor, despite their names.

The sequence of scale steps Neapolitan minor is as follows:[1][2][3][4]

1  b2 b3  4  5  b6 7  8
A  Bb  C  D  E  F  G# A
[ h   w  w  w  h  A  h
C  Db  Eb F  G  Ab B  C]

And for Neapolitan major:[1][2][3][4]

1  b2 b3  4  5  6  7  8
A  Bb  C  D  E  F# G# A
[ h   w  w  w  w  w  h
C  Db  Eb F  G  A  B  C]

Thus the scales are distinguished from the harmonic and ascending melodic minor scales by the lowered supertonic or second scale degree.

Both are accompanied well by power or minor chords.[1]

Modern Lydian scale on C About this sound Play .
Hungarian "gypsy" scale on C[5] About this sound Play .

The 5th mode of the Neapolitan major is also known as the major Locrian scale.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Celentano, Dave (1991). Monster Scales and Modes, p.44. Published by CentreStream. ISBN 0-931759-59-5.
  2. ^ a b Burrows, Terry (1999). How to Read Music: Reading Music Made Simple, p.90. ISBN 9780312241599.
  3. ^ a b Roth, Dana (2011). Encyclopedia of Scales and Modes for Electric Bass, p.9. ISBN 9781609749767.
  4. ^ a b Blatter, Alfred (2012). Revisiting Music Theory: A Guide to the Practice, p.87 & 89. ISBN 9781135870393.
  5. ^ Cooper, Paul (1973). Perspectives in Music Theory: An Historical-Analytical Approach, p.18. ISBN 0-396-06752-2.

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