Octatonic Scales

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An octatonic scale consists of alternating whole and half steps. It is an eight-tone scale; that is, eight tones are required to fill in the octave. According to McHose, the octatonic scale was first used by Rimski-Korsakov. His student, Igor Stravinsky used it extensively, especially in the Rite of Spring.


Scale Resources

Chord Resources Sample Passages Copyright © 1996, Kenneth R. Rumery, all rights reserved. Revised May 8, 1996

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