#1
Can anybody tell me why there are only 2 "official" whole tone scales?
and why?
Classical Guitarist
#2
There's a tone between each note in the whole tone scales. one of the scales includes half of all 12 tones, the other one includes the other 12.
#3
The whole tone scale is what Messiaen called a 'mode of limited transposition'. Meaning it can only be transposed once, by a semi tone. Any other transpositions would give the same notes already encountered.
#4
How would those whole tone scales be named?
Oh yeah.

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A minor is the saddest of all keys.

EDIT: D minor is the saddest of all keys.
#5
Quote by hockeyplayer168
How would those whole tone scales be named?


Any way you like, Whole tone scale on C, whole tone scale on C#..etc
#6
Quote by griffRG7321
The whole tone scale is what Messiaen called a 'mode of limited transposition'. Meaning it can only be transposed once, by a semi tone. Any other transpositions would give the same notes already encountered.


And since the scale is a symmetrical division of the octave (6 whole tone steps), starting the scale on a different note does not alter the intervallic proportions of the scale. It's similar with the augmented triad and the diminished 7th, in that any inversion of either leaves you with something that sounds the same harmonically: any inversion of an augmented triad or diminished 7th is enharmonic with another root position version of either chord. The same priniciple applies to the whole tone scale.