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What is a Whole Tone Scale?

Learn more about the whole note scale, to be not confused with the pentatonic scale

Released on February 26, 2014

  
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marianmacleod * VSM MEMBER * on March 18, 2014 @11:38 am PST
Perhaps it was a misprint in the title. See above: "What is a Whole Tone Scale? Learn more about the whole note scale, also known as the pentatonic scale." So I wrote to receive clarification on that title.
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Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator, on March 18, 2014 @11:44 am PST
Thank you Marian for your inquiry. Yes, that's actually a mistake and we have just corrected it. It had to be "to be NOT confused with the pentatonic scale!". Thank you for pointing that out!
joyce marshall on March 15, 2014 @8:47 am PST
How is the wjhole tone scale the same as the pentatonic. The whole tone scale has 6 notes but the pentatonic has 5 notes.
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Robert - host, on March 17, 2014 @4:40 pm PST
The whole tone scale is not the same as the pentatonic scale. The whole tone scale is comprised of all whole steps. The pentatonic scale has the intervals formed from the 5 black notes on the keyboard. The whole tone scale only has 2 variants a half-step apart. If you go up another half-step. you are back to the first scale starting on the second note of that scale!
The pentatonic scale can be transposed to any of the 12 keys. It is built on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th notes of the major scale.

Most scales count the bottom and top notes which are the same. So a major or minor scale is said to have 8 notes in which the bottom and top notes are the same. However, the pentatonic scale derives its name from the 5 different tones of the scale.
marianmacleod * VSM MEMBER * on February 26, 2014 @5:48 am PST
Why do you say "also known as the pentatonic scale"? A pentatonic scale has five tones, thus "Penta." Not counting the octave note, a whole tone scale has six. So I guess you could think of it as a hexatonic scale, or perhaps septatonic if you count the octave. Am I right?
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Robert - host, on March 17, 2014 @4:46 pm PST
The pentatonic scale is unique since it is built on only 5 notes of the major scale. Other scales are expressed in other ways since the number of notes is not the defining aspect for all scales. Since whole tone scales have all the same intervals (whole steps) this is its most distinctive feature - not how many notes it has.
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