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Comprehensive Scale Catalog: Five-Tone Scales in Alternate Temperaments

This page is part of Flutopedia's Comprehensive Scale Catalog ... a listing of many (many) scales that can be played on Native American flutes.

This page shows only scales with five tones per octave and using alternate temperaments.

The root note of each scale is shown in blue, such as Finger diagram closed closed closed closed closed closed.

Harmonic Pentatonic

Temperament: Harmonic Pentatonic Clint … maybe Harmonic Minor Pentatonic or Just Minor Pentatonic (Har5ClintV1)
The 5 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–316–498–702–969–1200
Notes: This uses the Bushmen Tetratonic, but doesn't work well because the m5-to-m7 interval is wayyy flat of the perfect fifth - almost a tritone. This has the advantage of requiring only a change in one fingering.

Scale steps in semitones: 1–1–1–1–1

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–316–498–702–969–1200
  intervals: 1–m3–4–5–a6–8
  Root, Minor 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Quarter-sharp Major 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C:
  C D♯ F G A+ c
  C E♭ F G A+ c

G cleffCD sharpFGA quarter-sharpCbarlineCE flatFGA quarter-sharpCEnd of staff

The name I use for this scale comes from: Clint's Invented Name

Harmonic Pentatonic

Temperament: Harmonic Pentatonic C (Har5C)
The 5 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–267–498–702–969–1200
Notes: Most analogous to Minor Pentatonic in 12TET 3-2-2-3-2 using a Harmonic Seventh between Major sixth and Minor seventh.

Scale steps in semitones: 1–1–1–1–1

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–267–498–702–969–1200
  intervals: 1–a2–4–5–a6–8
  Root, Quarter-sharp Major 2nd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Quarter-sharp Major 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C: C D+ F G A+ c

G cleffCD quarter-sharpFGA quarter-sharpCEnd of staff

The name I use for this scale comes from: Clint's Invented Name

Harmonic Pentatonic

Temperament: 12-Tone Overtone Temperament (Over12)
The 12 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–139–267–386–498–603–702–796–884–969–1049–1126–1200

Scale steps in semitones: 3–2–2–3–2

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–386–603–796–1049–1200
  intervals: 1–3–d5–m6–b7–8
  Root, Major 3rd, Diminished 5th, Minor 6th, Quarter-flat Major 7th, Octave

Pitches starting from C:
  C E F♯ G♯ B c
  C E G♭ A♭ B c

G cleffCEF sharpG sharpB quarter-flatCbarlineCEG flatA flatB quarter-flatCEnd of staff

Thai Mode 1

Temperament: 7-Tone Equal Temperament (7TET)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–171–343–514–686–857–1029–1200–1371–1543–1714–1886–2057–2229–2400–2571–2743–2914–3086–3257–3429–3600–3771–3943–4114

Scale steps in semitones: 1–1–2–1–2

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–171–343–686–857–1200
  intervals: 1–b2–b3–5–b6–8
  Root, Quarter-flat Major 2nd, Quarter-flat Major 3rd, Perfect 5th, Quarter-flat Major 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C: C D E G A c

G cleffCD quarter-flatE quarter-flatGA quarter-flatCEnd of staff

This scale is a mode (rotation) of these other scales:
  Mode 5 of: Thai Mode 6

The name I use for this scale comes from: Scala

Scala name: Thai mode 1

Thai Mode 2

Temperament: 7-Tone Equal Temperament (7TET)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–171–343–514–686–857–1029–1200–1371–1543–1714–1886–2057–2229–2400–2571–2743–2914–3086–3257–3429–3600–3771–3943–4114

Scale steps in semitones: 1–2–1–2–1

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–171–514–686–1029–1200
  intervals: 1–b2–4–5–b7–8
  Root, Quarter-flat Major 2nd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Quarter-flat Major 7th, Octave

Pitches starting from C: C D F G B c

G cleffCD quarter-flatFGB quarter-flatCEnd of staff

The name I use for this scale comes from: Scala

Scala name: Thai mode 2

Thai Mode 3

Temperament: 7-Tone Equal Temperament (7TET)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–171–343–514–686–857–1029–1200–1371–1543–1714–1886–2057–2229–2400–2571–2743–2914–3086–3257–3429–3600–3771–3943–4114

Scale steps in semitones: 2–1–2–1–1

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–343–514–857–1029–1200
  intervals: 1–b3–4–b6–b7–8
  Root, Quarter-flat Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Quarter-flat Major 6th, Quarter-flat Major 7th, Octave

Pitches starting from C: C E F A B c

G cleffCE quarter-flatFA quarter-flatB quarter-flatCEnd of staff

This scale is a mode (rotation) of these other scales:
  Mode 2 of: Thai Mode 5

The name I use for this scale comes from: Scala

Scala name: Thai mode 3

Thai Mode 5

Temperament: 7-Tone Equal Temperament (7TET)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–171–343–514–686–857–1029–1200–1371–1543–1714–1886–2057–2229–2400–2571–2743–2914–3086–3257–3429–3600–3771–3943–4114

Scale steps in semitones: 1–2–1–1–2

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–171–514–686–857–1200
  intervals: 1–b2–4–5–b6–8
  Root, Quarter-flat Major 2nd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Quarter-flat Major 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C: C D F G A c

G cleffCD quarter-flatFGA quarter-flatCEnd of staff

This scale is a mode (rotation) of these other scales:
  Mode 5 of: Thai Mode 3

The name I use for this scale comes from: Scala

Scala name: Thai mode 5

Thai Mode 6

Temperament: 7-Tone Equal Temperament (7TET)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–171–343–514–686–857–1029–1200–1371–1543–1714–1886–2057–2229–2400–2571–2743–2914–3086–3257–3429–3600–3771–3943–4114

Scale steps in semitones: 2–1–1–2–1

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–343–514–686–1029–1200
  intervals: 1–b3–4–5–b7–8
  Root, Quarter-flat Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Quarter-flat Major 7th, Octave

Pitches starting from C: C E F G B c

G cleffCE quarter-flatFGB quarter-flatCEnd of staff

This scale is a mode (rotation) of these other scales:
  Mode 2 of: Thai Mode 1

The name I use for this scale comes from: Scala

Scala name: Thai mode 6

Patet Lima

Temperament: 7-Tone Pelog (Pelog7)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–122–271–571–677–785–947–1200

Scale steps in semitones: 1–1–2–1–2

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–122–271–677–785–1200
  intervals: 1–m2–a2–5–m6–8
  Root, Minor 2nd, Quarter-sharp Major 2nd, Perfect 5th, Minor 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C:
  C C♯ D+ G G♯ c
  C D♭ D+ G A♭ c

G cleffCC sharpD quarter-sharpGG sharpCbarlineCD flatD quarter-sharpGA flatCEnd of staff

The name I use for this scale comes from: Scala

Scala names: Patet Lima, Patet Nem, Jawar, Selisir

Wikipedia pages related to this scale:

Nem

Temperament: 7-Tone Pelog (Pelog7)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–122–271–571–677–785–947–1200

Scale steps in semitones: 1–2–1–1–2

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–122–571–677–785–1200
  intervals: 1–m2–a4–5–m6–8
  Root, Minor 2nd, Quarter-sharp 4th, Perfect 5th, Minor 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C:
  C C♯ F+ G G♯ c
  C D♭ F+ G A♭ c

G cleffCC sharpF quarter-sharpGG sharpCbarlineCD flatF quarter-sharpGA flatCEnd of staff

This scale is a mode (rotation) of these other scales:
  Mode 3 of: Tembung

The name I use for this scale comes from: Scala

Scala names: Patet Lima, Nem with Pelog

Pelog

Temperament: 7-Tone Pelog (Pelog7)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–122–271–571–677–785–947–1200

Scale steps in semitones: 2–1–1–2–1

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–271–571–677–947–1200
  intervals: 1–a2–a4–5–a6–8
  Root, Quarter-sharp Major 2nd, Quarter-sharp 4th, Perfect 5th, Quarter-sharp Major 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C: C D+ F+ G A+ c

G cleffCD quarter-sharpF quarter-sharpGA quarter-sharpCEnd of staff

The name I use for this scale comes from: Scala

Scala name: Pelog

Dangsoe

Temperament: 7-Tone Pelog (Pelog7)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–122–271–571–677–785–947–1200

Scale steps in semitones: 1–3–1–1–1

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–122–677–785–947–1200
  intervals: 1–m2–5–m6–a6–8
  Root, Minor 2nd, Perfect 5th, Minor 6th, Quarter-sharp Major 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C:
  C C♯ G G♯ A+ c
  C D♭ G A♭ A+ c

G cleffCC sharpGG sharpA quarter-sharpCbarlineCD flatGA flatA quarter-sharpCEnd of staff

The name I use for this scale comes from: Scala

Scala name: Dangsoe

Bem, Pengenter

Temperament: 7-Tone Pelog (Pelog7)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–122–271–571–677–785–947–1200

Scale steps in semitones: 1–2–1–2–1

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–122–571–677–947–1200
  intervals: 1–m2–a4–5–a6–8
  Root, Minor 2nd, Quarter-sharp 4th, Perfect 5th, Quarter-sharp Major 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C:
  C C♯ F+ G A+ c
  C D♭ F+ G A+ c

G cleffCC sharpF quarter-sharpGA quarter-sharpCbarlineCD flatF quarter-sharpGA quarter-sharpCEnd of staff

The name I use for this scale comes from: Scala

Scala names: Bem, Pengenter

Miring

Temperament: 7-Tone Pelog (Pelog7)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–122–271–571–677–785–947–1200

Scale steps in semitones: 2–1–2–1–1

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–271–571–785–947–1200
  intervals: 1–a2–a4–m6–a6–8
  Root, Quarter-sharp Major 2nd, Quarter-sharp 4th, Minor 6th, Quarter-sharp Major 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C:
  C D+ F+ G♯ A+ c
  C D+ F+ A♭ A+ c

G cleffCD quarter-sharpF quarter-sharpG sharpA quarter-sharpCbarlineCD quarter-sharpF quarter-sharpA flatA quarter-sharpCEnd of staff

The name I use for this scale comes from: Scala

Scala names: Miring, Slendro 2

Manyura

Temperament: 7-Tone Pelog (Pelog7)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–122–271–571–677–785–947–1200

Scale steps in semitones: 1–1–1–3–1

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–122–271–571–947–1200
  intervals: 1–m2–a2–a4–a6–8
  Root, Minor 2nd, Quarter-sharp Major 2nd, Quarter-sharp 4th, Quarter-sharp Major 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C:
  C C♯ D+ F+ A+ c
  C D♭ D+ F+ A+ c

G cleffCC sharpD quarter-sharpF quarter-sharpA quarter-sharpCbarlineCD flatD quarter-sharpF quarter-sharpA quarter-sharpCEnd of staff

The name I use for this scale comes from: Scala

Scala name: Manyura

Pathet Barang

Temperament: 7-Tone Pelog Mode 2 (Pelog7m2)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–149–449–555–663–825–1078–1200

Scale steps in semitones: 1–2–1–1–2

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–149–555–663–825–1200
  intervals: 1–b2–a4–b5–b6–8
  Root, Quarter-flat Major 2nd, Quarter-sharp 4th, Quarter-flat 5th, Quarter-flat Major 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C: C D F+ G A c

G cleffCD quarter-flatF quarter-sharpG quarter-flatA quarter-flatCEnd of staff

This scale is a mode (rotation) of these other scales:
  Mode 3 of: Sunaren

The name I use for this scale comes from: Wikipedia

Wikipedia page related to this scale:

Tembung

Temperament: 7-Tone Pelog Mode 4 (Pelog7m4)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–106–214–376–629–751–900–1200

Scale steps in semitones: 1–1–2–1–2

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–106–214–629–751–1200
  intervals: 1–m2–2–b5–a5–8
  Root, Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Quarter-flat 5th, Quarter-sharp 5th, Octave

Pitches starting from C:
  C C♯ D G G+ c
  C D♭ D G G+ c

G cleffCC sharpDG quarter-flatG quarter-sharpCbarlineCD flatDG quarter-flatG quarter-sharpCEnd of staff

This scale is a mode (rotation) of these other scales:
  Mode 4 of: Nem

The name I use for this scale comes from: Wikipedia

Wikipedia page related to this scale:

Sunaren

Temperament: 7-Tone Pelog Mode 5 (Pelog7m5)
The 7 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–108–270–523–645–794–1094–1200

Scale steps in semitones: 1–1–2–1–2

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–108–270–645–794–1200
  intervals: 1–m2–a2–b5–m6–8
  Root, Minor 2nd, Quarter-sharp Major 2nd, Quarter-flat 5th, Minor 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C:
  C C♯ D+ G G♯ c
  C D♭ D+ G A♭ c

G cleffCC sharpD quarter-sharpG quarter-flatG sharpCbarlineCD flatD quarter-sharpG quarter-flatA flatCEnd of staff

This scale is a mode (rotation) of these other scales:
  Mode 4 of: Pathet Barang

The name I use for this scale comes from: Wikipedia

Wikipedia page related to this scale:

Anchi Hoy

Temperament: 24-Tone Equal Temperament (24TET)
The 24 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–50–100–150–200–250–300–350–400–450–500–550–600–650–700–750–800–850–900–950–1000–1050–1100–1150–1200

Scale steps in semitones: 2–8–3–6–5

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–100–500–650–950–1200
  intervals: 1–m2–4–b5–a6–8
  Root, Minor 2nd, Perfect 4th, Quarter-flat 5th, Quarter-sharp Major 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C:
  C C♯ F G A+ c
  C D♭ F G A+ c

G cleffCC sharpFG quarter-flatA quarter-sharpCbarlineCD flatFG quarter-flatA quarter-sharpCEnd of staff

The name I use for this scale comes from: Scala

Scala name: Anchihoye: Ethiopia

Chromatic 5-Tone Equal Temperament

Temperament: 5-Tone Equal Temperament (5TET)
The 5 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–240–480–720–960–1200–1440–1680–1920–2160–2400–2640–2880–3120–3360–3600–3840–4080–4320–4560–4800–5040–5280–5520–5760

Scale steps in semitones: 1–1–1–1–1

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–240–480–720–960–1200
  intervals: 1–a2–4–5–a6–8
  Root, Quarter-sharp Major 2nd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Quarter-sharp Major 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C: C D+ F G A+ c

G cleffCD quarter-sharpFGA quarter-sharpCEnd of staff

This scale is a mode (rotation) of these other scales:
  Mode 2 of: Chromatic 5-Tone Equal Temperament
  Mode 3 of: Chromatic 5-Tone Equal Temperament
  Mode 4 of: Chromatic 5-Tone Equal Temperament
  Mode 5 of: Chromatic 5-Tone Equal Temperament

The name I use for this scale comes from: Composed name, to show all scale steps in this temperament

Chromatic 5-Tone Overtone Temperament

Fingerings on most contemporary six-hole pentatonic minor Native American flutes:

  Finger diagram closed closed closed closed closed closedFinger diagram closed closed closed closed closed openFinger diagram closed closed closed open closed openFinger diagram closed closed open closed open openFinger diagram closed open closed open open openFinger diagram open open closed open open open

Fingerings on Anasazi-7 tuned Native American flutes:

  Seven hole finger diagram closed closed closed closed closed closed closedSeven hole finger diagram closed closed closed closed closed open openSeven hole finger diagram closed closed closed open closed closed closedSeven hole finger diagram closed closed open closed closed closed closedSeven hole finger diagram closed open open open open open openSeven hole finger diagram second octave half-closed closed closed closed closed closed closed

Temperament: 5-Tone Overtone Temperament (Over5)
The 5 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–316–583–814–1018–1200
Notes: Overtone series 5:6: … :10 = 5/5, 6/5, …, 10/5

Scale steps in semitones: 1–1–1–1–1

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–316–583–814–1018–1200
  intervals: 1–m3–d5–m6–m7–8
  Root, Minor 3rd, Diminished 5th, Minor 6th, Minor 7th, Octave

Pitches starting from C:
  C D♯ F♯ G♯ A♯ c
  C E♭ G♭ A♭ B♭ c

G cleffCD sharpF sharpG sharpA sharpCbarlineCE flatG flatA flatB flatCEnd of staff

The name I use for this scale comes from: Composed name, to show all scale steps in this temperament

Chromatic Harmonic Pentatonic Inverse

Temperament: Harmonic Pentatonic Inverse (Har5Inverse)
The 5 degrees of this temperament, in cents:
  0–231–498–702–933–1200

Scale steps in semitones: 1–1–1–1–1

Scale degrees:
  in cents: 0–231–498–702–933–1200
  intervals: 1–a2–4–5–a6–8
  Root, Quarter-sharp Major 2nd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Quarter-sharp Major 6th, Octave

Pitches starting from C: C D+ F G A+ c

G cleffCD quarter-sharpFGA quarter-sharpCEnd of staff

The name I use for this scale comes from: Composed name, to show all scale steps in this temperament

 
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