Whole-tone scale

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Definition

A scale containing no semitones but built entirely on whole tones. Debussy used the whole-tone scale in some of his pieces which were influenced by Impressionism. A whole-tone scale starting on C is shown below.

A whole-tone scale starting on C


Examples


Hear whole-tone scales in this piece by Debussy.


There are two ascending whole-tone scales in the intro to this song.

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