How to construct and play the whole tone scale

Name

This is the whole tone scale.

Alternative name

Use messiaen's mode #1 instead of whole tone

Intervals

How to construct the whole tone 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.

Major third

Has 4 semitones and spans 3 naturals.

Augmented fourth

Has 6 semitones and spans 4 naturals.

Augmented fifth

Has 8 semitones and spans 5 naturals.

Minor seventh

Has 10 semitones and spans 7 naturals.

Chords

Which chords can you play on the whole tone scale?

Cheatsheet

Play the whole tone scale in any musical key

You can play the C whole tone scale with the following notes.

C   D   E   F#   G#   Bb  

Sheet music of the C whole tone scale.

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

C whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the C whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the C# whole tone scale with the following notes.

C#   D#   E#   F##   G##   B  

Sheet music of the C# whole tone scale.

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

C# whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the C# whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the Db whole tone scale with the following notes.

Db   Eb   F   G   A   Cb  

Sheet music of the Db whole tone scale.

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

Db whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the Db whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the D whole tone scale with the following notes.

D   E   F#   G#   A#   C  

Sheet music of the D whole tone scale.

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

D whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the D whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the D# whole tone scale with the following notes.

D#   E#   F##   G##   A##   C#  

Sheet music of the D# whole tone scale.

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

D# whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the D# whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the Eb whole tone scale with the following notes.

Eb   F   G   A   B   Db  

Sheet music of the Eb whole tone scale.

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

Eb whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the Eb whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the E whole tone scale with the following notes.

E   F#   G#   A#   B#   D  

Sheet music of the E whole tone scale.

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

E whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the E whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the F whole tone scale with the following notes.

F   G   A   B   C#   Eb  

Sheet music of the F whole tone scale.

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

F whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the F whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the F# whole tone scale with the following notes.

F#   G#   A#   B#   C##   E  

Sheet music of the F# whole tone scale.

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

F# whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the F# whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the Gb whole tone scale with the following notes.

Gb   Ab   Bb   C   D   Fb  

Sheet music of the Gb whole tone scale.

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

Gb whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the Gb whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the G whole tone scale with the following notes.

G   A   B   C#   D#   F  

Sheet music of the G whole tone scale.

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

G whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the G whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the G# whole tone scale with the following notes.

G#   A#   B#   C##   D##   F#  

Sheet music of the G# whole tone scale.

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

G# whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the G# whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the Ab whole tone scale with the following notes.

Ab   Bb   C   D   E   Gb  

Sheet music of the Ab whole tone scale.

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

Ab whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the Ab whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the A whole tone scale with the following notes.

A   B   C#   D#   E#   G  

Sheet music of the A whole tone scale.

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

A whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the A whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the A# whole tone scale with the following notes.

A#   B#   C##   D##   E##   G#  

Sheet music of the A# whole tone scale.

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

A# whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the A# whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the Bb whole tone scale with the following notes.

Bb   C   D   E   F#   Ab  

Sheet music of the Bb whole tone scale.

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

Bb whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the Bb whole tone scale on the piano.

You can play the B whole tone scale with the following notes.

B   C#   D#   E#   F##   A  

Sheet music of the B whole tone scale.

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

B whole tone on the piano.

The notes of the B whole tone scale on the piano.