Persian scale

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The Persian scale is a musical scale frequently found in Persian Music[citation needed], and to a lesser extent, Arab or non-Persian Middle Eastern Music[citation needed]. The Persian scale is characterized by the liberal use of half steps (4), augmented seconds (2), and frequent use of chromaticism. Compare this to the one augmented second of the harmonic minor or the use of only two half-steps in all diatonic scales.

The sequence of steps is as follows:[1]

  • H WH H H W WH H
  • (W = Whole step - H = Half step)

Beginning on C:

  • C Db E F Gb Ab B

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  1. ^ Sternal, Mark John (2005). Guitar Total Scales Techniques and Applications, p.156. ISBN 0-9762917-0-3.
  2. ^ Stetina, Troy (1999). The Ultimate Scale Book, p.61. ISBN 0-7935-9788-9.

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