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Synthetic Scales - Part XI

Over the last couple of months we have looked at a lot of different Synthetic Scales. This can be taken a step further and just like the modes derived from the Major Scale, we can create modes from these Synthetic Scales.

Check out the rest of the Synthetic Scales series starting with Part X here.

This week we are going to look at the modes created from the Neapolitan Major Scale. This scale creates some quite interesting and usable modes.


This new scale is called the Leading Whole Tone Scale and is a Mode. It is the 2nd mode of the Neapolitan Major Scale.

If we continue this exercise (starting from each note) we can complete the following table for all the Modes of the Neapolitan Major Scale:


So there you have it, all 7 modes of the Neapolitan Major Scale, and you can play them in any key, just start on the note you want and play the correct intervals!!

As always, have a go at playing the scales yourself, it always helps to get the sounds of each in your head and your fingers!!

Until next week, have fun!!



-Duncan Richardson - MU Columnist


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