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Encyclopedia > Scale degree

In music or music theory a scale degree is an individual note of a scale, both its pitch and its diatonic function. First, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh, or the appropriate roman numerals, may be used to indicate degree as well as tonic, supertonic, mediant, subdominant, dominant, submediant, subtonic, and leading tone. For instance, the chord built upon the fifth scale degree, or dominant, will also be called the five (V) or dominant chord.


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Scale (music) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (901 words)
Scales are often abstracted from performance or composition, though they are often used precompositionally to guide or limit a composition.
Scales in traditional Western music generally consist of seven notes, made up of a root note and six other scale degrees whose pitches lie between the root and the root's first octave.
The notes in a chord are usually a subset of a particular scale, in the common practice period being built upward by thirds from a particular scale degree.
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