It is not for nothing that it is called “Whole Tone Scale”, is it? Because all the notes have 1 tone of distance among them.
You can also notice that this scale has 6 notes, so the name: “hexa” also makes sense! Using this sequence, let’s see how the G Hexatonic Scale is (you can also see the degrees above the notes):
1M 2M 3M 4A 5A 6A
C, D, E, F#, G#, A#
Drawing of Hexatonic Scale
Nice, but you are interested in knowing what this scale is and where to use it! So let’s go to what matters:
How to use the Whole Tone Scale
Hexatonic scale can be used in dominant chords. For this, it is just playing the Hexatonic of the own dominant in question. For example: in the progression of chords Am7 | G7 | C, we can play the Hexatonic Scale in G7.
Nice, we will talk about some details later, but is good for you to know that the Whole Tone Scale it is not as used as Diminished, Harmonic Minor or Melodic Minor scales. Its sonority is not as “acclaimed” as the other scales; some musicians like more, others less, it is up to you to decide when it is worth to use it or not. Our hint is that, when you will use it, try to play this scale in altered dominant. Why?
Well, as we already saw, the Hexatonic Scale has augmented fourth and fifth, besides a seventh minor. The dominant V7 already has a seventh minor, so the Hexatonic creates in it two alterations (augmented fourth and fifth). When the dominant already has these two alterations, the Hexatonic sounds even better, doesn’t it? So that’s the reason!
In the next topic, we will talk more about Whole Tone Scale, making relation with a special Greek Mode and giving you examples of application. Check it!
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