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Heptatonic Scales

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792 Seven-Note Scales

In Western music, the major scale rules as king. As a maximally even scale, this 7-note wonder offers a harmonic balance that has fascinated people throughout many centuries.

As a 7-note scale however, the major scale certainly is not alone. It is a member of a family of 792 scales by which the tonal distance of one octave may be divided into seven steps.

Please enjoy this complete collection of heptatonic scales, always bearing in mind that a scale doth not a melody make.


"And then I catalogued them and filed them away and threw away all the ones that had more than four semitones in a row."

Allan Holdsworth
  1. C D E Ab A Bb B
  2. C D E F A Bb B
  3. C D E F Ab A B
  4. C D E F Ab A Bb
  5. C D E F Ab Bb B
  6. C D E F G A B
  7. C D E F G A Bb
  8. C D E F G Ab A
  9. C D E F G Ab B
  10. C D E F G Ab Bb
  11. C D E F G Bb B
  12. C D E F Gb A B
  13. C D E F Gb A Bb
  14. C D E F Gb Ab A
  15. C D E F Gb Ab B
  16. C D E F Gb Ab Bb
  17. C D E F Gb Bb B
  18. C D E F Gb G A
  19. C D E F Gb G Ab
  20. C D E F Gb G B
  21. C D E F Gb G Bb
  22. C D E G A Bb B
  23. C D E G Ab A B
  24. C D E G Ab A Bb
  25. C D E G Ab Bb B
  26. C D E Gb A Bb B
  27. C D E Gb Ab A B
  28. C D E Gb Ab A Bb
  29. C D E Gb Ab Bb B
  30. C D E Gb G A B
  31. C D E Gb G A Bb
  32. C D E Gb G Ab A
  33. C D E Gb G Ab B
  34. C D E Gb G Ab Bb
  35. C D E Gb G Bb B
  36. C D Eb Ab A Bb B
  37. C D Eb E A Bb B
  38. C D Eb E Ab A B
  39. C D Eb E Ab A Bb
  40. C D Eb E Ab Bb B
  41. C D Eb E F A B
  42. C D Eb E F A Bb
  43. C D Eb E F Ab A
  44. C D Eb E F Ab B
  45. C D Eb E F Ab Bb
  46. C D Eb E F Bb B
  47. C D Eb E F G A
  48. C D Eb E F G Ab
  49. C D Eb E F G B
  50. C D Eb E F G Bb
  51. C D Eb E F Gb A
  52. C D Eb E F Gb Ab
  53. C D Eb E F Gb B
  54. C D Eb E F Gb Bb
  55. C D Eb E F Gb G
  56. C D Eb E G A B
  57. C D Eb E G A Bb
  58. C D Eb E G Ab A
  59. C D Eb E G Ab B
  60. C D Eb E G Ab Bb
  61. C D Eb E G Bb B
  62. C D Eb E Gb A B
  63. C D Eb E Gb A Bb
  64. C D Eb E Gb Ab A
  65. C D Eb E Gb Ab B
  66. C D Eb E Gb Ab Bb
  67. C D Eb E Gb Bb B
  68. C D Eb E Gb G A
  69. C D Eb E Gb G Ab
  70. C D Eb E Gb G B
  71. C D Eb E Gb G Bb
  72. C D Eb F A Bb B
  73. C D Eb F Ab A B
  74. C D Eb F Ab A Bb
  75. C D Eb F Ab Bb B
  76. C D Eb F G A B
  77. C D Eb F G A Bb
  78. C D Eb F G Ab A
  79. C D Eb F G Ab B
  80. C D Eb F G Ab Bb
  81. C D Eb F G Bb B
  82. C D Eb F Gb A B
  83. C D Eb F Gb A Bb
  84. C D Eb F Gb Ab A
  85. C D Eb F Gb Ab B
  86. C D Eb F Gb Ab Bb
  87. C D Eb F Gb Bb B
  88. C D Eb F Gb G A
  89. C D Eb F Gb G Ab
  90. C D Eb F Gb G B
  91. C D Eb F Gb G Bb
  92. C D Eb G A Bb B
  93. C D Eb G Ab A B
  94. C D Eb G Ab A Bb
  95. C D Eb G Ab Bb B
  96. C D Eb Gb A Bb B
  97. C D Eb Gb Ab A B
  98. C D Eb Gb Ab A Bb
  99. C D Eb Gb Ab Bb B
  100. C D Eb Gb G A B