Half diminished scale
The half diminished scale is a seven-note musical scale. It is more commonly known as the Locrian ♮2 scale, a name that avoids confusion with the diminished scale and the half-diminished seventh chord (minor seventh, diminished fifth). It is the sixth mode of the ascending form of the melodic minor scale (or jazz scale).
|Modes||I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII|
|C, D, E♭, F, G♭, A♭, B♭|
|Number of pitch classes||7|
In the key of C, the half-diminished scale built on D is associated with Dm7♭5, which functions as a iiø7 chord in minor (see chord-scale system).
The Locrian ♮2 scale 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.
- 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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