How to construct and play the diminished scale

Name

This is the diminished scale.

Alternative name

Use whole-half diminished instead of diminished

Intervals

How to construct the diminished scale?

Use the following intervals in any order to construct this scale. Start on a specific note on which you want to construct this scale from (for instance the note "C") and calculate each interval on top of it. Afterwards, you will be able to play it on your instrument.

Perfect unison

Has 0 semitones and spans 1 naturals.

Major second

Has 2 semitones and spans 2 naturals.

Minor third

Has 3 semitones and spans 3 naturals.

Perfect fourth

Has 5 semitones and spans 4 naturals.

Diminished fifth

Has 6 semitones and spans 5 naturals.

Minor sixth

Has 8 semitones and spans 6 naturals.

Major sixth

Has 9 semitones and spans 6 naturals.

Major seventh

Has 11 semitones and spans 7 naturals.

Chords

Which chords can you play on the diminished scale?

Cheatsheet

Play the diminished scale in any musical key

You can play the C diminished scale with the following notes.

C   D   Eb   F   Gb   Ab   A   B  

Sheet music of the C diminished scale.

The notes of the C diminished scale written down in sheet music.

C diminished on the piano.

The notes of the C diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the C# diminished scale with the following notes.

C#   D#   E   F#   G   A   A#   B#  

Sheet music of the C# diminished scale.

The notes of the C# diminished scale written down in sheet music.

C# diminished on the piano.

The notes of the C# diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the Db diminished scale with the following notes.

Db   Eb   Fb   Gb   Abb   Bbb   Bb   C  

Sheet music of the Db diminished scale.

The notes of the Db diminished scale written down in sheet music.

Db diminished on the piano.

The notes of the Db diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the D diminished scale with the following notes.

D   E   F   G   Ab   Bb   B   C#  

Sheet music of the D diminished scale.

The notes of the D diminished scale written down in sheet music.

D diminished on the piano.

The notes of the D diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the D# diminished scale with the following notes.

D#   E#   F#   G#   A   B   B#   C##  

Sheet music of the D# diminished scale.

The notes of the D# diminished scale written down in sheet music.

D# diminished on the piano.

The notes of the D# diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the Eb diminished scale with the following notes.

Eb   F   Gb   Ab   Bbb   Cb   C   D  

Sheet music of the Eb diminished scale.

The notes of the Eb diminished scale written down in sheet music.

Eb diminished on the piano.

The notes of the Eb diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the E diminished scale with the following notes.

E   F#   G   A   Bb   C   C#   D#  

Sheet music of the E diminished scale.

The notes of the E diminished scale written down in sheet music.

E diminished on the piano.

The notes of the E diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the F diminished scale with the following notes.

F   G   Ab   Bb   Cb   Db   D   E  

Sheet music of the F diminished scale.

The notes of the F diminished scale written down in sheet music.

F diminished on the piano.

The notes of the F diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the F# diminished scale with the following notes.

F#   G#   A   B   C   D   D#   E#  

Sheet music of the F# diminished scale.

The notes of the F# diminished scale written down in sheet music.

F# diminished on the piano.

The notes of the F# diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the Gb diminished scale with the following notes.

Gb   Ab   Bbb   Cb   Dbb   Ebb   Eb   F  

Sheet music of the Gb diminished scale.

The notes of the Gb diminished scale written down in sheet music.

Gb diminished on the piano.

The notes of the Gb diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the G diminished scale with the following notes.

G   A   Bb   C   Db   Eb   E   F#  

Sheet music of the G diminished scale.

The notes of the G diminished scale written down in sheet music.

G diminished on the piano.

The notes of the G diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the G# diminished scale with the following notes.

G#   A#   B   C#   D   E   E#   F##  

Sheet music of the G# diminished scale.

The notes of the G# diminished scale written down in sheet music.

G# diminished on the piano.

The notes of the G# diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the Ab diminished scale with the following notes.

Ab   Bb   Cb   Db   Ebb   Fb   F   G  

Sheet music of the Ab diminished scale.

The notes of the Ab diminished scale written down in sheet music.

Ab diminished on the piano.

The notes of the Ab diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the A diminished scale with the following notes.

A   B   C   D   Eb   F   F#   G#  

Sheet music of the A diminished scale.

The notes of the A diminished scale written down in sheet music.

A diminished on the piano.

The notes of the A diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the A# diminished scale with the following notes.

A#   B#   C#   D#   E   F#   F##   G##  

Sheet music of the A# diminished scale.

The notes of the A# diminished scale written down in sheet music.

A# diminished on the piano.

The notes of the A# diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the Bb diminished scale with the following notes.

Bb   C   Db   Eb   Fb   Gb   G   A  

Sheet music of the Bb diminished scale.

The notes of the Bb diminished scale written down in sheet music.

Bb diminished on the piano.

The notes of the Bb diminished scale on the piano.

You can play the B diminished scale with the following notes.

B   C#   D   E   F   G   G#   A#  

Sheet music of the B diminished scale.

The notes of the B diminished scale written down in sheet music.

B diminished on the piano.

The notes of the B diminished scale on the piano.