diatonic scale definition

  • noun:
    • A seven note music scale of five shades as well as 2 semitones.
    • a scale with eight records in an octave; all but two tend to be separated by entire shades
    • A seven note music scale of five shades as well as 2 semitones.
    • a scale with eight records in an octave; all but two are separated by entire tones
  • adjective:
    • a scale consisting of eight sounds with seven periods, which two tend to be semitones and five tend to be whole tones; a modern significant or small scale, as distinguished through the chromatic scale.
    • a scale consisting of eight noises with seven intervals, which two tend to be semitones and five tend to be entire shades; a contemporary significant or minor scale, as distinguished from the chromatic scale.

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