Altered Scale Piano Reference With Notes & Intervals

    🎹 The altered scale, also known as the Super Locrian scale or the altered dominant scale, is a 7-note scale that's based on the Locrian mode and is also the 7th mode of the melodic minor scale. Compared to the Locrian scale, the altered scale also has a flat 4th scale degree. That means that the altered scale has all of its non-essential tones (e.g.: all expect for the tonic) flattened compared to the major scale: 1 - b2 - b3 - b4 - b5 - b6 - b7.

    The name altered scale can be confusing as it's also used as the name for a number of other scales that are altered.

    Here you'll find an interactive piano reference for the altered scale with notes on the piano keyboard, intervals and scale formula.

    Altered Scale Intervals

    The intervals of the altered scale are:


      Altered Scale Formula

      The formula for the altered scale is: h, W, h, W, W, W, W

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      W: Whole step, h: Half step (semitone)


      Altered Scales Note Chart

      C
      C♯
      D
      D♯
      E
      F
      F♯
      G
      G♯
      A
      A♯
      B

      And now here are interactive piano keyboard layouts, one for each key, where you can hear the altered scales being played up and down:

      C Altered Scale

      notes:

      C♯ Altered Scale

      notes:

      D Altered Scale

      notes:

      D♯ Altered Scale

      notes:

      E Altered Scale

      notes:

      F Altered Scale

      notes:

      F♯ Altered Scale

      notes:

      G Altered Scale

      notes:

      G♯ Altered Scale

      notes:

      A Altered Scale

      notes:

      A♯ Altered Scale

      notes:

      B Altered Scale

      notes:


      Altered Scale Chords

      Here's a list of chord types that fit the altered scale:



        piano samples

        The piano samples used for this altered scale reference are from “Salamander Grand Piano V3” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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