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I found that there are six notes that sound curious and inspiring to my ears, namely A, Bb, C#, D, E, F. But I am not aware of any named scales that have these six particular notes. So my question is:if there exists a named scale that contain these six notes, what is it?

  • You should know this, Eric Clapton! ;-) – Richard Apr 16 '17 at 18:22
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    @Richard, haha I am not sure about that; don't forget he is majorly recognized as a tasteful pentatonic player :). – Megadeth Apr 16 '17 at 18:23
  • My full answer is below, but just as a bit of advice, whenever you see a flat immediately followed by a sharp, you should think of the harmonic minor scale. – Bradd Szonye Apr 16 '17 at 18:27
  • @BraddSzonye - trouble is, a beginner may well not spell the notes with the accepted letter names... – Tim Apr 16 '17 at 18:31
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    Not sure if it helps you: according to this page ("All named scales in txt format, but with nearly every…"), this is known as Raga Malahari in Indian music. You can find videos on Youtube with Raga Malahari, e.g. this (singing), or this (Carnatic guitar) or this (flute+) or this (violin) or this. – ShreevatsaR Apr 17 '17 at 0:08
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That looks like a mode of the D harmonic minor scale. D natural minor is D, E, F, G, A, B-flat, C, D. The harmonic minor has a raised seventh degree, so D, E, F, G, A, B-flat, C-sharp, D. If you specifically want the fifth mode of D harmonic minor (starting on A), that is usually called the Phrygian dominant scale, spelled A, B-flat, C-sharp, D, E, F, G.

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Awkwardly, more than one scale starts with A-Bb-C#-D-E-F (let alone contains those notes in that order). A scale starting with these notes that I haven't seen here so far is the A double harmonic scale, which is A-Bb-C#-D-E-F-G#(-A).

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When a G note is in the sequence, it's the scale and key of D harmonic minor.

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So my question is:if there exists a named scale that contain these six notes, what is it?

Here are the common scales that fit your notes. As you can see, both the Harmonic Minor and Double Harmonic fit.

Harmonic Minor

  • Phrygian Dominant: A Bb C# D E F G
  • Aeolian Harmonic/Lydian sharp 2: Bb C# D E F G A
  • Ultralocrian: C# D E F G A Bb
  • Harmonic Minor: D E F G A Bb C#
  • Locrian natural 6: E F G A Bb C# D
  • Ionian Augmented: F G A Bb C# D E

Double Harmonic

  • Double Harmonic: A Bb C# D E F G#
  • Lydian Sharp 2 Sharp 6: Bb C# D E F G# A
  • Ultraphrygian: C# D E F G# A Bb
  • Double Harmonic Minor: D E F G# A Bb C#
  • Asian/Oriental: E F G# A Bb C# D
  • Ionian Augmented Sharp 2: F G# A Bb C# D E
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    Maybe you could group the scales that are modes of each other for legibility? – user45266 May 6 at 1:33
  • Can someone explain the 'chord:'-part in this answer with the notes listed? I find it hard to think of it as a chord in any way known to me. – MeanGreen May 6 at 8:42

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