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What is a diatonic song?

What is a diatonic song?

Diatonic, in music, any stepwise arrangement of the seven “natural” pitches (scale degrees) forming an octave without altering the established pattern of a key or mode—in particular, the major and natural minor scales.

What are examples of diatonic scales?


Mode Also known as Example
Ionian Major scale C–D–E–F–G–A–B–C
Dorian D–E–F–G–A–B–C–D
Phrygian E–F–G–A–B–C–D–E
Lydian F–G–A–B–C–D–E–F

Are most songs diatonic?

Most music is mostly diatonic. But think of it as being “multi-diatonic” – that is, everything comes from a key – some key – not necessarily all the same key though. A lot of music is just purely diatonic.

How can you tell if a song is diatonic?

For example, if you’re playing in the key of C major and you’re using C major scale notes, then you would say that the notes you’re using are diatonic. If you play notes that are not in the parent major scale, such as chromatic passing tones, then you would say that those notes are not diatonic.

Why is it called diatonic?

The word “diatonic” comes from the Greek διατονικός, meaning progressing through tones. The seven pitches of any diatonic scale can be obtained using a chain of six perfect fifths. An example of this would be the seven natural pitches which form the C-major scale.

What is the most common diatonic scale?

The major scale is probably the most familiar and easily recognisable of all diatonic scales. If you were to play all the white notes on a piano keyboard starting on C you’ll not only play a major scale but a diatonic scale.

What are the 2 types of diatonic scales?

There are two other types of scales that are also diatonic, which we’ll talk about in a minute: the natural minor scale and the modes.

What are the 7 diatonic modes?

The diatonic scale has seven modes:

  • Major scale. Also known as the Ionian mode, the major scale consists of the seven distinct notes in a scale (C D E F G A B) and an eighth note that reproduces the first one in a higher octave.
  • Dorian mode.
  • Phrygian mode.
  • Lydian mode.
  • Mixolydian mode.
  • Aeolian mode.
  • Locrian mode.

What are major scale Diatonic chords?

As we’ve seen, diatonic chords are the chords that can be made from the notes of a particular scale. Therefore, chords diatonic to a C major scale are built from the seven notes of that scale, namely C, D, E, F, G, A, B.

What is a scale in music theory?

In music theory, a scale is any set of musical notes ordered by fundamental frequency or pitch. A scale ordered by increasing pitch is an ascending scale, and a scale ordered by decreasing pitch is a descending scale.

What is diatonic harmony?

What is Diatonic Harmony. Diatonic harmony is a fancy way of saying chords or notes that relate to a certain key. For example, the note D is diatonic to the key of C because it can be found in the C major scale. As you might be thinking, “Well it can also be found in other scales too.”. Yes it can, so it is also diatonic to those keys as well.