What is a Diatonic Scale?

Scale notes on a music staff
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While explaining music theory, the term “diatonic scale” is often used. Certainly when I first heard this term I was a little confused.

So what is a diatonic scale? The easiest way to find out is to watch the video because it has some diagrams that will help you to understand.

The video featured on this page is actually part of a course called “Guitar Fretboard Secrets” that is available below:

Guitar Fretboard Secrets – Visualize all notes on the entire guitar fretboard in 30 days – Udemy Course Link

You can learn a little more about the Guitar Fretboard Secrets Course here.

See the Video: What the Heck is a Diatonic Scale?

If you watch the video, you’ll not only see an explanation of a diatonic scale, but an explanation of modes and how chords are built from those modes. 

Each of the chords that contains only notes of the modes is a diatonic chord of the parent scale.

Get a printout of the chart used in the video here: (available soon!).

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