How are Chromatic and Whole-tone Scales differing from major scales?

WHole Tone Scale on the Piano, differing, Ariane Cap

Got a request to answer how symmetric scales and major scales are differing

Fun one, with sound samples!

For bass players in particular, symmetric scales are awesome to play with!

  • They help understand the fretboard and how notes relate between strings
  • These symmetric scales sound great
  • They are symmetric, so you can move cool licks around by the interval they are symmetric in – so move up and down strings and betwen strings to your heart’s content for some fresh sounds
  • They help understand how notes relate in general. The piano is a great visual aide here – look, color-coded!

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