Diatonic Scale Formulas

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Here are the intervals that create the major scale and it’s modes.

Key:

W= Whole Step

H= Half Step

Ionian

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
W W H W W W H

Dorian

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
W H W W W H W

Phrygian

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
H W W W H W W

Lydian

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
W W W H W W H

Mixolydian

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
W W H W W H W

Aeolian (Natural Minor)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
W H W W H W W

Locrian

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
H W W H W W W