diatonic scale


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diatonic scale

[¦dī·ə¦tän·ik ′skāl]
(acoustics)
A musical scale in which the octave is divided into intervals of two different sizes, five of one and two of the other, with adjustments in tuning systems other than equal temperament.
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(16) Dundun players can often play diatonic (Westernized) melodies on their instruments, a rather astonishing feat because the drums are variable-pitch instruments not tuned to the diatonic scale.
The intellectual world occupied by these two treatises is a fascinating one, since it was open to a wide range of classical and Carolingian thought but had not discovered how to harness the Boethian diatonic scale to the needs of chant analysis and notation.
In the tonal music experience, we can give two extra levels of descriptions, namely, in terms of the scale step names and the parsing of a sequence of the diatonic scale steps.
The piano parts are often linear and thin in texture, rhythmically interesting, widely spread on the keyboard, and harmonically not rooted in the diatonic scale. The voice is given many slides, grace notes, ornaments, and short melismatic passages, as well as some spoken lines.
NEARLY THIRTY YEARS AGO, an alternative basis for the derivation of the Western diatonic scale was proposed by Budden (1972), and developed more recently by Balzano (1980).
The bone is too short to incorporate the diatonic scale's seven notes, counter Nowell and Chase.
At worst, lowering the pitch of the trumpet compromises the efficiency of the slide, to the extent that even a diatonic scale is impossible without some note-bending.
For problemists the rules of chess are merely the starting point, rather as the diatonic scale has been the starting point from which western composers of music have constructed many thousands of unique compositions.
These habits include the traditional conception--the first nature--of major and minor triads as parts of a diatonic scale, as pitches stacked on top of their roots, and as a consonance in terms of interval content.
The fingering indicated is performed easily by a student with modest hand size and capitalizes on diatonic scale patterns.
This approach is exemplified by Stravinsky's Firebird, where the composer associates the diatonic scale with human characters and the octatonic scale with supernatural characters, or by Alban Berg's Wozzeck, which carries the leitmotivic approach of Richard Wagner over into atonal music in that Berg associates certain set classes with the principal characters in the drama and other set classes with certain topics.
In 11 of the structures, Hawkins found ratios of small whole numbers that precisely matched the ratios defining the diatonic scale. These ratios produce the eight tones of an octave in the musical scale corresponding to the white keys on a piano.