Its basically a Dorian Scale with #4

F G A♭ B C D E♭ F

Don't know what to call it

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    This would be in the key of Eb (w/ an accidental, B natural) the relative minor is C and if you look at the pattern the B is the leading tone. In other words it's just C harmonic minor (starting on the F). The melodic minor scales all have names like the 7 diatonic modes. Not sure if the harmonic minor ones do.
    – user50691
    Commented Dec 13, 2019 at 19:23
  • I would call it Ambroz scale! ;) :)
    – Calamar
    Commented Dec 13, 2019 at 23:52
  • Is the music actually limited to those tones, or does the B change between flat and natural in different passages? Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 19:08

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According to this resource with lists of scale/mode names, some terms for this scale (with semitone groupings 2 1 3 1 2 1 2) include:

Mela Hemavati, Raga Desisimharavam, Maqam Nakriz, Tunisian, Dorian sharp 4, Misheberekh: Jewish, Nigriz, Pimenikos, Souzinak (Peiraiotikos Minor): Greece, Ukrainian Minor, Kaffa, Gnossiennes

This page suggests the name "Lydian Diminished" (which I personally find to be a curious designation) and has further possible terms and info.

In a normal Western context, I'd agree with Chris Mitchell's idea of Dorian with a sharp 4.


this scale would work over Minor 7th #11 chords, lets call it Dorian(#4)


This is the the fourth mode of the harmonic minor scale, and is known as the Ukranian Dorian scale.

Every time you have a 1 tone and a half jump between two adjacent degrees of a scale (in this case between A♭ and B), you should think of some harmonic minor permutation ;)) - see the more common phrygian dominant.

As mentioned in other answers, more descriptive names may be dorian #4, or minor #4 natural6...

One notable use is in Erik Satie's Gnossienne no. 1:


This is the Ukrainian Dorian scale.

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