Asked • 04/29/19

How to name more than seven scale tones?

When a scale has more than seven tones, is there any **standard** way to name the scale tones vis-a-vis the major scale tones? For instance, this applies to the two variations of the diminished scale -- the whole-half scale and the half-whole scale -- each with eight tones. So what is the "best" way to enumerate those voices relative to the seven tones of the major scale? Whole-Half Diminished: 1 2 ♭3 4 ♭5 ♯5 6 7 (8) Half-Whole Diminished: 1 ♭2 ♭3 3 ♭5 5 6 ♭7 (8)

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Laura D. answered • 11/23/19

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