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diatonic scale

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n diatonic scale a scale with eight notes in an octave; all but two are separated by whole tones
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Diatonic scale (Mus) a scale consisting of eight sounds with seven intervals, of which two are semitones and five are whole tones; a modern major or minor scale, as distinguished from the chromatic scale.
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Usage

In literature:

Pioneer because in youth he had bowed to the tyranny of the diatonic scale and savored the illicit joys of the chromatic.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
Not a discord in his diatonic scale.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
It is cast in the natural minor diatonic scale of C-sharp, though it is strongly pentatonic in character.
"The Tinguian" by Fay-Cooper Cole
We used to think for instance that in music the ordinary diatonic major scale, with its variant minor, was a fact of nature.
"A Librarian's Open Shelf" by Arthur E. Bostwick
In general a diatonic scale may be defined as one which proceeds by half-steps and whole-steps.
"Music Notation and Terminology" by Karl W. Gehrkens
Now, the diapason is the ad interium, or interval betwixt and between the extremes of an octave, according to the diatonic scale.
"Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales" by Robert L. Taylor
The diatonic scale in music, determined by calculation and actual experiment on vibrating chords, stands as follows.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No. 5, November 1862" by Various
DOM'INANT, in music, the fifth tone of the diatonic scale.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
F, in music, is the fourth note of the diatonic scale.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
To associate this scale with the ordinary diatonic scale let a major 9th be taken, e.g.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 10" by Various
By this means, says Domnich, a diatonic and chromatic scale was obtained.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
It is not certain when the discovery of Pythagoras was extended to the non-diatonic scales.
"The Modes of Ancient Greek Music" by David Binning Monro
These eight beatitudes are the diatonic scale of heaven's music.
"Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of Matthew" by John Monro Gibson
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In science:

Among many possibilities, the most important scale is the diatonic scale, which is a seven-note or seven-tone (heptatonic), octave-repeating musical scale comprising five whole steps and two half steps in each octave.
Music in Terms of Science
Table 4.1: The names of the scale degrees of a diatonic scale.
Music in Terms of Science
Table 4.1 lists the names of scale degrees of a diatonic scale according to their importance.
Music in Terms of Science
Table 5.1 lists the interval names of tones in a diatonic scale for given numbers of semitones.
Music in Terms of Science
The diatonic harmonization of any ma jor scale results in three ma jor triads.
Music in Terms of Science
Diatonic scales such as the ma jor and minor scales lend themselves particularly well to the construction of common chords because they contain a large number of perfect fifths.
Music in Terms of Science
All wind instruments use a combination of the above methods to extend their register, in order to play all notes in the diatonic or chromatic scale.
Music in Terms of Science
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