Questions tagged [diatonic]

For questions related to diatonicism. "Diatonic," literally meaning "across the tones," is perhaps better understood as the antonym of "chromatic," thereby meaning that diatonic music uses pitches within a single scale or key.

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Can we shift the diatonic scale "one fifth" to the left?

The seven-note Pythagorean scale is obtain by completing the cycle of fifths until we get to the eighth fifth. The diatonic scale is obtained by starting with the fourth and then running the cycle of ...
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Does Major and Minor only apply to Diatonic Scales or any Scale?

We all know that when we say major or minor scale that we are referring to the diatonic major and minor scale. But I recently found out that there's also a pentatonic major and minor scale. I was ...
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What are the main concepts that aid singing in key?

In my previous question I asked about how many notes are needed to establish what key you are in. That kind of dodges around the purpose of me asking so here’s a more direct question. With an ...
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Help understanding this description of the diatonic scale

This is first time I've stumbled onto the diatonic table in my life. I Googled a lot, but I couldn't find answer for following: the table mentioned in the book I am reading, I don't understand where ...
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Can you use both diatonic major and minor scale with any mode?

I am learning the modes right now for the Harmonic Major scale. I usually get the idea of a mode by droning some key and then playing all notes of that modem to sort of internalize its sound, and I ...
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Unusual pentatonic scale

On this video the guy plays an instruments called Dvina. I'm currently making my version of it. My question is about its fret marks which looks and sounds like a minor pentatonic with a lowered 7th ...
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Is a note that is enharmonic to a diatonic note of some diatonic scale, also diatonic in regards to that scale?

I'm learning some music theory from a book, and encountered some question in my head that I can't seem to answer. The question is in the title: Is a note that is enharmonic to a diatonic note of some ...
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What do you mean by the tonic chord feels as 'home'?

I am new to the world of music theory and have some basic knowledge of the different modes of the major scale. As per my knowledge, every scale has a tonic chord which is essentially the one all other ...
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Strict Diatonic Harmony in Minor Keys - is it even a thing?

I realize that minor keys normally add non-diatonic tones, particularly from the harmonic minor scale. Ruling that out, if we stick to the actual diatonic notes of the natural minor scale, and the ...
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Why is the Dominant 7th based on the Diatonic Scale?

I understand that the Dominant 7th chord as a structure is called like that because its chord structure is playable from the Dominant in a Diatonic scale. However, I noticed that the same structure is ...
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what is the the differences between diatonic and chromatic music scales? [closed]

I'm having trouble understand what the difference between diatonic and chromatic music scale.
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Can you use Diatonic chords for vocal harmonies on a vocoder?

If each note sung triggers that notes diatonic chord (on a vocoder) - and the notes are all in key- then will those chords ever clash with the chords of the instrumental or will they always be in ...
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Asymmetric scales with 7+ but less than 12 notes?

Is there any theoretical reason for not exploring n-note scales (7<n<12) which has similar interval relationships as diatonic scales? Context: I always feel odd when learning about non-diatonic ...
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Specify Whether the Chord Is Within the Scale

I've learned that to get a diatonic scale I take WW H WWW H pattern (w-whole, h-half step). And for the C key I get: And another pattern I ii iii IV V vi viio (I) tells me the quality of triad ...
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Passing note vs changed chord

I'm pretty new to theory, so apologies if this is a stupid question but I can't seem to figure this out. Let's assume I am in the key of C major and I want to play the following progression on guitar:...
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Exactly what does "diatonic" mean?

Is the meaning very context dependent, or can it be defined in general terms? Does the meaning change by author or period? Sometimes it's used to refer to anything that stays within a specific tonal ...
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Compelling Use of Non-diatonic Chords in Rolling Stones

"Brown Sugar" by The Rolling Stones is in C major, but makes forays into E-flat major (based on the preview of the sheet music at least!). My guess is that the inclusion of these chords can be ...
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Thomas Tank Engine theme tune chord sequence - why does it work?

I'm trying to gain some understanding of non-diatonic chord sequences and why they work. I've been listening to the Thomas the Tank Engine theme tune which I believe is in the key of C Major and the ...
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Are all diatonic chords in the diminished scale diminished?

I think there's some confusion about the definition of the word 'diatonic'. I'm not using it here to refer to the the prominent primal pattern of the heptatonic scale that has a group of two and three ...
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Finding diatonic chords on guitar?

I'm trying to find the "easiest" way to find diatonic chords on the guitar. I'm thinking that I should just focus on the 6th and 5th strings and use barre chords. So I just decide on a key and then I ...
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Are these notes with accidentals chromatic?

I'm having some difficulty deciding which notes with accidentals are considered as chromatic, and was wondering if someone could confirm/deny my assumptions about notes in the attached notation of ...
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Do Half steps in a diatonic scales need to be separated by two whole steps? [duplicate]

I've been reading about what makes a scale diatonic, and so far it seems that any scale that is constructed with a pattern of 5 whole steps and 2 half steps inside an octave could be considered ...
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Diatonic chords

My understanding from the circle of 5ths is that there are 6 diatonic chords for each key, is that because the the 7th chord is diminished?
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Why does f major scale have a flat instead of a sharp? [duplicate]

I was practicing my scales on the piano and I started to wonder why the F major scale is written with a Bflat rather then an A#?
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Is Chromatic a Synonym for Non-Diatonic in all cases?

Diatonic means notes from a scale/key. Usually the well-used major. Does that mean any other notes not included are all chromatic? Would using notes from a parallel key change the definition? ...
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