diatonic scale

diatonic scale

noun
a scale with eight notes in an octave; all but two are separated by whole tones 
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diatonic scale

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. Some scales, including pentatonic and whole-tone scales, are not diatonic because they do not include the seven degrees.

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