pent atonic scale

pentatonic scale

[pen-tuh-ton-ik, pen-]
noun Music.
a scale having five tones to an octave, as one having intervals that correspond to the five black keys of a piano octave.

Origin:
1860–65; penta- + tonic

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pentatonic scale (ˌpɛntəˈtɒnɪk)
 
n
music any of several scales consisting of five notes, the most commonly encountered one being composed of the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth degrees of the major diatonic scale

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