Half diminished scale
|Modes||I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII|
|C, D, E♭, F, G♭, A♭, B♭, C|
|Number of pitch classes||7|
The half diminished scale is a musical scale more commonly known as "Locrian ♮2", name which avoids confusion with the diminished scales (see octatonic scales) and the half-diminished seventh chord (min. 7, flat 5). It may be considered Mode VI, the sixth mode, of the ascending melodic minor scale. See: jazz scale.
Locrian ♮2 is commonly used in jazz and some rock. It is commonly practiced by such neoclassical metal guitarists Michael Romeo, and such jazz pianists as Oscar Peterson and Jonah Cristall-Clarke.
The half diminished scales, although derived from classical scales, offer new potentials in modern harmonic and melodic structure.[clarification needed]
- Arnold, Bruce. Music Theory Workbook for Guitar: Scale construction and application. muse eek publishing. p. 17. ISBN 1-890944-53-X. Retrieved Jul 10, 2009.
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