The Chromatic Scale

The Chromatic Scale

The only scale contains ALL 12 notes in one octave.

Published: Feb 1, 2013 Updated: Feb 11, 2016

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The only scale in music with ALL twelve notes of one octave. Not much use for improvisation or solos – but a great scale for learning the notes of the next, figuring out scales, chords and more...

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


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