Diatonic Scale: Definition & Patterns


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The modern C major scale has the same interval pattern as this mode from ancient Greece:

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1. From the starting note of a major scale, if you go down a half step and a whole step, you will find the starting note of this related scale:

2. The A Natural Minor Scale has the same interval pattern as this ancient Greek mode:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and accompanying worksheet will help you understand the diatonic scale in music. Practice questions will explore the interval patterns of diatonic scales and how they relate to the piano, as well as the relationship between certain scales.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test your understanding of diatonic scales by answering questions about:

  • The diatonic scale interval pattern
  • The relationship between scales
  • A comparison of scales and modes
  • Diatonic scales

Skills Practiced

Through this assessment, you will practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related music lesson on diatonic scale patterns
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as scales and modes
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding types of scales

Additional Learning

A beginning understanding of music and music theory can be obtained through this lesson called Diatonic scale: Definition & Patterns. This lesson covers:

  • The definition of diatonic scale
  • Understanding major scales and their patterns
  • Understanding natural minor scales and their patterns
  • Understanding modes