From Major to Mixolydian scales – the complete list of musical scales and modes

List of musical scales and modes
Name Image Sound Degrees # of pitch classes Lower tetrachord Upper tetrachord Usual or unusual key signature
17 equal temperament About this sound Play  17
Acoustic scale

Acoustic scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 3 ♯4 5 6 ♭7 7 whole tone Dorian
Adonai malakh mode

Adonai malakh mode on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 3 4 5 ♭6 ♭7 7 Lydian Phrygian Unusual
Aeolian mode or natural minor scale

Aeolian on C.
About this sound Play 1 2 ♭3 4 5 ♭6 ♭7 7 Dorian Phrygian Usual
Algerian scale

Algerian scale on C.
About this sound Play 1 2 ♭3 ♯4 5 ♭6 7 etc. variable
Alpha scale About this sound Play  15.39
Altered scale

Altered scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭2 ♭3 ♭4 ♭5 ♭6 ♭7 7
whole tone
Augmented scale

Augmented scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭3 3 5 ♯5 7 6
Bebop dominant scale

Bebop dominant scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 3 4 5 6 ♭7 7 8
Beta scale About this sound Play 18.75
Blues scale (more on Blues music theory here)

Blues scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭3 4 ♯4 5 ♭7 6
Bohlen-Pierce scale About this sound Play 
Chromatic scale

Chromatic scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♯1 2 ♯2 3 4 ♯4 5 ♯5 6 ♯6 7
7 ♭7 6 ♭6 5 ♭5 4 3 ♭3 2 ♭2 1
12
Delta scale About this sound Play  85.7
Dorian mode

Dorian on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 ♭3 4 5 6 ♭7 7 Dorian Dorian Usual
Double harmonic scale

Double harmonic scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭2 3 4 5 ♭6 7 7
Mixolydian Unusual
Enigmatic scale

Enigmatic scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭2 3 ♯4 ♯5 ♯6 7 7

Unusual
Euler–Fokker genus About this sound Play  6
Flamenco mode

Flamenco mode on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭2 3 4 5 ♭6 7 7 Phrygian Phrygian Unusual
Gamma scale About this sound Play  34.29
Gypsy scale

Gypsy scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 ♭3 ♯4 5 ♭6 ♭7 7
Phrygian Unusual
Half diminished scale

Half diminished scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 ♭3 4 ♭5 ♭6 ♭7 7
whole tone
Harmonic major scale

Harmonic major scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 3 4 5 ♭6 7 7 Lydian Mixolydian
Harmonic minor scale

Harmonic minor scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 ♭3 4 5 ♭6 (♮)7 7 Dorian Mixolydian
Harmonic Scale

Harmonic scale chromatic on C.
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Hirajoshi scale

Hirajoshi scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 ♭3 5 ♭6 5
Hungarian gypsy scale

Hungarian gypsy scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 ♭3 ♯4 5 ♭6 7 7
Mixolydian Unusual
Hungarian minor scale

Hungarian minor scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 ♭3 ♯4 5 ♭6 7 7
Mixolydian
In scale

Miyako-bushi scale on D, equivalent to in scale on D, with brackets on fourths.
About this sound Play  1 ♭2 4 5 ♭6 5
Insen scale

Insen scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭2 4 5 ♭7 5
Ionian mode or major scale

Ionian on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 Lydian Lydian Usual
Istrian scale

Istrian mode on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭2 ♭3 ♭4 ♭5 5 6
Iwato scale

Iwato scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭2 4 ♭5 ♭7 5
Locrian mode

Locrian on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭2 ♭3 4 ♭5 ♭6 ♭7 7 Phrygian whole tone Usual
Lydian augmented scale

Lydian augmented scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 3 ♯4 ♯5 6 7 7 whole tone

Lydian mode

Lydian on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 3 ♯4 5 6 7 7 whole tone Lydian Usual
Major bebop scale

Major bebop scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 3 4 5 (♯5/♭6) 6 7 7(8)
Major Locrian scale

Major Locrian scale C.
About this sound Play 1 2 3 4 ♭5 ♭6 ♭7 7 Lydian whole tone
Major pentatonic scale (more on major scales here)

Major pentatonic scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 3 5 6 5 Usual
Melodic minor scale

Melodic minor scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 ♭3 4 5 ♮6 ♮7 8 ♭7 ♭6 5 4 ♭3 2 1 9 Dorian
Melodic minor scale (ascending)

Melodic minor scale on C.
About this soundPlay 1 2 ♭3 4 5 6 7 7 Dorian

Minor pentatonic scale

Minor pentatonic scale on A.
About this sound Play  1 ♭3 4 5 ♭7 5 Usual
Mixolydian mode

Mixolydian on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 3 4 5 6 ♭7 7 Lydian Mixolydian Usual
Neapolitan major scale

Neapolitan major scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭2 ♭3 4 5 6 7 7 Phrygian Lydian Unusual
Neapolitan minor scale

Neapolitan minor scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭2 ♭3 4 5 ♭6 7 7 Phrygian Mixolydian Unusual
Non-Pythagorean scale About this sound Play 
Octatonic scale

Octatonic scales on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 ♭3 4 ♭5 ♭6 6 7
1 ♭2 ♭3 3 ♯4 5 6 ♭7
8
Pelog About this sound Play 
Persian scale

Persian scale on C.
About this sound Play 1 ♭2 3 4 ♭5 ♭6 7 7


Phrygian dominant scale

Phrygian dominant on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭2 3 4 5 ♭6 ♭7 7
Phrygian Unusual
Phrygian mode

Phrygian on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭2 ♭3 4 5 ♭6 ♭7 7 Phrygian Phrygian Usual
Prometheus scale

Prometheus scale on C.
About this sound Play 1 2 3 ♯4 6 ♭7 6
Quarter tone scale

Quarter tone scale C.
About this sound Play  1 half sharp1 ♯1 three quarter sharp1 2 half sharp2 ♯2 three quarter sharp2 3 half sharp3 4 half sharp4 ♯4 three quarter sharp4 5 half sharp5 ♯5 three quarter sharp5 6 half sharp6 ♯6 three quarter sharp6 7 half sharp7
half flat8 7 half flat7 ♭7 three quarter flat7 6 half flat6 ♭6 three quarter flat6 5 half flat5 ♭5 three quarter flat5 4 half flat4 3 half flat3 ♭3 three quarter flat3 2 half flat2 ♭2 three quarter flat2 1
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Scale of harmonics 

Scale of harmonics C.
About this sound Play 
Slendro

Slendro on C compared to a whole tone scale on C.
About this sound Play  or About this sound Play 5
Tritone scale (more on tritones and other intervals here)

Tritone scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 ♭2 3 ♭5 5 ♭7 7
Ukrainian Dorian scale

Ukrainian Dorian mode on C.
About this sound Play 1 2 ♭3 ♯4 5 6 ♭7 7 Dorian Unusual
Whole tone scale

Whole tone scale on C.
About this sound Play  1 2 3 ♯4 ♯5 ♯6 6
Yo scale

Minyō scale on D, equivalent to yo scale on D, with brackets on fourths.

About this sound Play 1 ♭3 4 5 7

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