Scale 1367: Leading Whole-Tone Inverse: Scale 1361: Bolitonic: Scale 1363: Gygimic: Scale 1369: Boptimic: Scale 1373: Storian: Scale 1349: Tholitonic: Scale 1357: Takemitsu Linea Mode 2: Scale 1381: Padimic: Scale 1397: Major Locrian: Scale 1301: Koditonic: Scale 1333: Lyptimic: Scale 1429: Bythimic: Scale 1493: Lydian Minor: Scale 1109: Kataditonic: Scale 1237: Salimic: Scale 1621: Scriabin's … Beatles: From Me To You Use your judgment to decide what’s enough for the playing. In addition to this, we get some more colourful notes: 9, b5, and #5. The second and third exercises are the whole tone scale in “diatonic” triads (I put “diatonic” in quotations because the whole tone scale isn’t a diatonic scale, but the concept for the purpose of practicing is the same). 3) #2 of the 9♭5 is pretty difficult to hold so #1, #3 and #4 are better options. Publisher viethrive.com.  Ferruccio Busoni used the whole tone scale in the right hand part of the "Preludietto, Fughetta ed Esercizio" of his An die Jugend, and Franz Liszt had used the technique as early as 1831, in the Grande Fantaisie sur La clochette. I’ve found that by conceiving of it both in augmented triads and with chromatic passing tones it becomes a little less obviously “whole tone”. Before reading on, I advise that you look back at how the scale is constructed and try to figure out for yourself what chord the whole tone scale would sound good over. As a soloist, you can imply the whole tone sound and the rhythm section should hear it and respond. As a result of the 6 major 2nd intervals in the scale, there are only 2 whole tone scales: C & C#\D♭. You can also look at the scale as two augmented triads separated by a whole tone. A good way to practice applying this scale to improvising is to practice it over a blues piece. Notes: He specializes in jazz, but regularly performs in all genres including classical, pop, funk, R&B, reggae, and gospel. Grateful Dead: Till the Morning Comes If you take two augmented triads a whole step apart, then you have the complete whole tone scale. The Chromatic Whole Tone Scale is a great alternative to use over the diminished scale due to the fact of it having a lot more triad combinations. It has a very recognizable sound. Maybe it’s just my ear’s personal preference, maybe it’s because there are less notes in the scale (and therefore, mathematically, less possible permutations), maybe it’s just not used as much as the diminished scale. The whole tone scale is easily recognizable for a few reasons. He is available for teaching lessons in the NY/NJ area and his Musika teaching profile can be found here. Corrections? By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. The scale is defined with the intervals of 1-2-3-#4-#5-♭7, but I prefer 1-2-3-♭5-#5-♭7. The Chromatic Whole Tone Scale is a great alternative to use over the diminished scale due to the fact of it having a lot more triad combinations. The open E and E♭ 9♭5♭13 chords are the ONLY open chord shapes possible. My favorite closed 9#5 chords are #1 & #3. Ustad Mehdi Hassan has performed this rāga. since all the notes in a whole tone scale are a whole step apart the triads will all be augmented triads. That is why I’ll be using the notes C, D, E, G♭, G# & B♭ when covering the C whole tone scale. Need Help Finding a Teacher? Also when you play these ideas experiment with how much space you leave in between each triad. Stevie Wonder: If You Really Love Me, My Cherie Amour, Send One Your Love #4) You can use the scale over dominant 7ths and the 7alt chords mentioned above starting on any scale degree assuming there is not a ♭9 or #9 in the chord. We talked about how the diminished scale is a part of this group. But that chord also resolves up a whole step nicely: C7♭5 to D and G♭7♭5 to A♭. Not that the whole tone scale was never used before the late 19th century. Think of it like how a gymnast has to stick their final landing after performing their routine. But give the scale a try for some unique riffs. #6) Try it over a V7 to IV7 change in a blues tune, and combine it with the Dorian mode & the blues scale. Premium Membership is now 50% off! The 9♭5 can also be built on the 4th degree of the melodic minor scale. Take a look at your guitar and give yourself a little bit of a music theory reminder; each fret is a semitone away from the other. It’s pretty easy to recognize. In that article, I include songs that use the aug triad. Enjoy Artist of the Week, Frank’s Stash (of Guitars…) Frank Vignola Model Benedetto, Kurt Rosenwinkel: Pushing the Boundaries of Modern Jazz Guitar, Exploring the Ins and Outs of Thelonious Monk’s “Bye-Ya”, Copyright © 2020 Jazz Guitar Today All rights reserved. The twelve bar blues progression in its simplest form is comprised of all dominant chords. Thus, the whole-tone scale comprises six degrees per octave. That article also includes the 70+ chord types I have voicings for and part of the reason I named my site Every Guitar Chord! Beach Boys: I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times, Orange Crate Art (also has a 9#5 chord) Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. This last exercise uses notes outside of the whole tone scale. The whole tone scale is an important part of music. I like every 7#5 shapes except #6. since all the notes in a whole tone scale are a whole step apart the triads will all be augmented triads. Last blog post, I introduced the concept of “chord/scale relationships”. Allman Brothers: Stormy Monday (their version)  Berg also quotes the Bach chorale setting referred to above in his Violin Concerto. Okay, so hopefully you have a guess of what chord works with the whole tone scale. You should practice the whole tone scale full range, in thirds, in triads, etc. Let me go over the obligatory points of the scale that you will see in every other article: That should do it for the basic definition of the scale, but let’s look at some practical points. Karl McComas-R, New Album "Alliance" The whole tone scale can be a bit too transparent to use frequently during improvisation. Since it has every note in the whole tone scale, there can only be 2 of them: C & D♭. The third exercise is particularly interesting because it creates a hemiola. 1~, ~Purchase my book: Modern Jazz Vocabulary Vol. I have 13 total closed 7♭5 voicings and 7 open E 7♭5 chords built from this scale. Debs Piston analyses. My favorite 7♭5 shapes are #1 & 3. Karl McComas, Alan Ferber Expanded Ensemble at the Blue Whale -, Here's a lesson I put on my blog over a decade ago, Emily, w Jason Harnell, Ben Monder, Karl McComas R, Here's a short outtake from a covid video project, Using Triads over chordal shell (1,3,7) to create, Diatonic lydian Melody. The exercise starts on concert C7 and continues around the circle of fourths through the keys. Now I’ve never seen the 9♭5♭13 chord mentioned anywhere, though I’m willing to bet piano players stack the whole tone scale to play all 6 notes (1-3-♭5-♭7-9-♭13).