Symmetric scales

Symmetric scales consists of repeated symmetric intervals. The octave is divided in equal parts. The four most important symmetric scales are :

The chromatic scale :

The octave is divided in 12 equal parts, it is formed by a succession of half-tones, there is only one chromatic scale, it contains 12 notes.

C chromatic scale C C# D D# E F F# G G# A A# B


The whole tone scale :

Is an hexatonic scale, it contains six notes. The octave is divided in six equal parts formed by a serie of whole tones. There are only two whole tone scales.

C whole tone scale C D E F# G# A#


Db whole tone scale Db Eb F G A B


The diminished scales :

There are two modes depending on whether we start with a tone or a half tone and only three scales for each mode.

  • The Whole half diminished scale (also called diminished scale) :
C diminished scale C D Eb F Gb Ab A B
Formula 1 9 b3 11 b5 b13 or #5 13 7


  • The half whole diminished scale (also dominant diminished scale) :
C Dominant diminished scale C Db D# E F# G A Bb
Formula 1 b9 #9 3 #11 5 13 b7


The augmented scale :

It is formed by musical cell that contains a minor third & a semi-tone.

C augmented scale  C D# E G Ab B
Formula 1 b3 3 5 #5 or b13 7


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Chromatic scale guitar diagram 3
The chromatic scale | Jazz guitar lesson, diagrams and licks

Jazz guitar lesson with guitar fretboard diagrams, scales charts and licks with tabs about the chromatic scale.

Diminished scale guitar shapes two octaves
The diminished scales | Jazz guitar lesson with diagrams & licks

This jazz guitar lesson with diagrams and scale charts is about the two modes of the diminished scale. They are made by alternating half and whole steps.

Whole tone scale guitar diagrams  two octaves
The whole tone scale | Jazz guitar lesson with diagrams and patterns

This jazz guitar lesson with diagrams is about the symmetric whole tone scale with augmented triads and augmented seventh arpeggios patterns.

Augmented scale guitar diagram two octaves 1
The augmented scale | Jazz guitar lesson and diagrams

The augmented scale is a symmetric scale that contains augmented triads. How to play it ? Here is a jazz guitar lesson with diagrams and scale charts.


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