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. Its 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. ^ Taaffe, Dennis (2008). Alien Guitar Lessons for the Intermediate & Advanced Guitarist. Lulu.com. p. 118. ISBN 9781435749474. 
  2. ^ Piggott, Francis Taylor (1893). The Music and Musical Instruments of Japan. Kelly & Walsh. p. 96. OCLC 903426191. 

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