How to construct and play the half-whole diminished scale

Name

This is the half-whole diminished scale.

Alternative name

Use dominant diminished instead of half-whole diminished

Use messiaen's mode #2 instead of half-whole diminished

Intervals

How to construct the half-whole 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.

Minor second

Has 1 semitones and spans 2 naturals.

Minor third

Has 3 semitones and spans 3 naturals.

Major third

Has 4 semitones and spans 3 naturals.

Augmented fourth

Has 6 semitones and spans 4 naturals.

Perfect fifth

Has 7 semitones and spans 5 naturals.

Major sixth

Has 9 semitones and spans 6 naturals.

Minor seventh

Has 10 semitones and spans 7 naturals.

Chords

Cheatsheet

Play the half-whole diminished scale in any musical key

You can play the C half-whole diminished scale with the following notes.

C   Db   Eb   E   F#   G   A   Bb  

Sheet music of the C half-whole diminished scale.

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C half-whole diminished on the piano.

The notes of the C half-whole diminished scale on the piano.

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

C#   D   E   E#   F##   G#   A#   B  

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C# half-whole diminished on the piano.

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You can play the Db half-whole diminished scale with the following notes.

Db   Ebb   Fb   F   G   Ab   Bb   Cb  

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Db half-whole diminished on the piano.

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You can play the D half-whole diminished scale with the following notes.

D   Eb   F   F#   G#   A   B   C  

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D half-whole diminished on the piano.

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

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

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D# half-whole diminished on the piano.

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You can play the Eb half-whole diminished scale with the following notes.

Eb   Fb   Gb   G   A   Bb   C   Db  

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Eb half-whole diminished on the piano.

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You can play the E half-whole diminished scale with the following notes.

E   F   G   G#   A#   B   C#   D  

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E half-whole diminished on the piano.

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You can play the F half-whole diminished scale with the following notes.

F   Gb   Ab   A   B   C   D   Eb  

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F half-whole diminished on the piano.

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

F#   G   A   A#   B#   C#   D#   E  

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F# half-whole diminished on the piano.

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You can play the Gb half-whole diminished scale with the following notes.

Gb   Abb   Bbb   Bb   C   Db   Eb   Fb  

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Gb half-whole diminished on the piano.

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You can play the G half-whole diminished scale with the following notes.

G   Ab   Bb   B   C#   D   E   F  

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G half-whole diminished on the piano.

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

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

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G# half-whole diminished on the piano.

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You can play the Ab half-whole diminished scale with the following notes.

Ab   Bbb   Cb   C   D   Eb   F   Gb  

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Ab half-whole diminished on the piano.

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You can play the A half-whole diminished scale with the following notes.

A   Bb   C   C#   D#   E   F#   G  

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A half-whole diminished on the piano.

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

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

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A# half-whole diminished on the piano.

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You can play the Bb half-whole diminished scale with the following notes.

Bb   Cb   Db   D   E   F   G   Ab  

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Bb half-whole diminished on the piano.

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You can play the B half-whole diminished scale with the following notes.

B   C   D   D#   E#   F#   G#   A  

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B half-whole diminished on the piano.

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