Arabic Scale Piano Reference With Notes & Intervals
🎹 The major Locrian scale, also often called the Arabic scale, is a 7-note scale based on the Locrian mode. From the Locrian scale, we get the Arabic scale by sharpening the 2nd and 3rd scale degrees. Or, we can get to the Arabic scale from the major scale by flattening the 5th, 6th and 7th scale degrees.
The major Locrian scale is the 5th mode of the Neapolitan major scale.
Here you'll find an interactive piano reference for the Arabic scale with notes on the piano keyboard, intervals and scale formula.
Arabic Scale Intervals
The intervals of the Arabic scale are:
Arabic Scale Formula
The formula for the Arabic scale is: W, W, h, h, W, W, W
W: Whole step, h: Half step (semitone)
Arabic Scales Note Chart
And now here are interactive piano keyboard layouts, one for each key, where you can hear the Arabic scales being played up and down:
C Arabic Scale
C♯ Arabic Scale
D Arabic Scale
D♯ Arabic Scale
E Arabic Scale
F Arabic Scale
F♯ Arabic Scale
G Arabic Scale
G♯ Arabic Scale
A Arabic Scale
A♯ Arabic Scale
B Arabic Scale
Arabic Scale Chords
Here's a list of chord types that fit the Arabic scale:
References to major & minor scales:
C majorC♯ majorD♭ majorD majorE♭ majorE majorF majorF♯ majorG♭ majorG majorA♭ majorA majorB♭ majorB majorC♭ major
C minor C♯ minor D♭ minorD minorD♯ minorE♭ minorE minorF minorF♯ minorG minorG♯ minorA♭ minorA minorA♯ minorB♭ minorB minor
The piano samples used for this Arabic scale reference are from “Salamander Grand Piano V3” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.
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