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Scale 1803

Scale 1803, Ian Ring Music Theory

Bracelet Diagram

The bracelet shows tones that are in this scale, starting from the top (12 o'clock), going clockwise in ascending semitones. The "i" icon marks imperfect tones that do not have a tone a fifth above. Dotted lines indicate axes of symmetry.

Tonnetz Diagram

Tonnetz diagrams are popular in Neo-Riemannian theory. Notes are arranged in a lattice where perfect 5th intervals are from left to right, major third are northeast, and major 6th intervals are northwest. Other directions are inverse of their opposite. This diagram helps to visualize common triads (they're triangles) and circle-of-fifth relationships (horizontal lines).


Cardinality6 (hexatonic)
Pitch Class Set{0,1,3,8,9,10}
Forte Number6-Z11
Rotational Symmetrynone
Reflection Axesnone
enantiomorph: 2589
Hemitonia3 (trihemitonic)
Cohemitonia1 (uncohemitonic)
prime: 183
Deep Scaleno
Interval Vector333231
Interval Spectrump3m2n3s3d3t
Distribution Spectra<1> = {1,2,5}
<2> = {2,3,6,7}
<3> = {4,5,7,8}
<4> = {5,6,9,10}
<5> = {7,10,11}
Spectra Variation3.667
Maximally Evenno
Maximal Area Setno
Interior Area1.866
Myhill Propertyno
Ridge Tonesnone

Common Triads

These are the common triads (major, minor, augmented and diminished) that you can create from members of this scale.

* Pitches are shown with C as the root

Triad TypeTriad*Pitch ClassesDegreeEccentricityCloseness Centrality
Major TriadsG♯{8,0,3}110.5
Diminished Triads{9,0,3}110.5
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 1803. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 G# G# G#->a°

Above is a graph showing opportunities for parsimonious voice leading between triads*. Each line connects two triads that have two common tones, while the third tone changes by one generic scale step.



Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 1803 can be rotated to make 5 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 2949
Scale 2949, Ian Ring Music Theory
3rd mode:
Scale 1761
Scale 1761, Ian Ring Music Theory
4th mode:
Scale 183
Scale 183, Ian Ring Music TheoryThis is the prime mode
5th mode:
Scale 2139
Scale 2139, Ian Ring Music Theory
6th mode:
Scale 3117
Scale 3117, Ian Ring Music Theory


The prime form of this scale is Scale 183

Scale 183Scale 183, Ian Ring Music Theory


The hexatonic modal family [1803, 2949, 1761, 183, 2139, 3117] (Forte: 6-Z11) is the complement of the hexatonic modal family [303, 753, 1929, 2199, 3147, 3621] (Forte: 6-Z40)


The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 1803 is 2589

Scale 2589Scale 2589, Ian Ring Music Theory


Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 1803 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 2589

Scale 2589Scale 2589, Ian Ring Music Theory


T0 1803  T0I 2589
T1 3606  T1I 1083
T2 3117  T2I 2166
T3 2139  T3I 237
T4 183  T4I 474
T5 366  T5I 948
T6 732  T6I 1896
T7 1464  T7I 3792
T8 2928  T8I 3489
T9 1761  T9I 2883
T10 3522  T10I 1671
T11 2949  T11I 3342

Nearby Scales:

These are other scales that are similar to this one, created by adding a tone, removing a tone, or moving one note up or down a semitone.

Scale 1801Scale 1801, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1805Scale 1805, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1807Scale 1807, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1795Scale 1795, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1799Scale 1799, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1811Scale 1811: Kyptimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKyptimic
Scale 1819Scale 1819: Pydian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPydian
Scale 1835Scale 1835: Byptian, Ian Ring Music TheoryByptian
Scale 1867Scale 1867: Solian, Ian Ring Music TheorySolian
Scale 1931Scale 1931: Stogian, Ian Ring Music TheoryStogian
Scale 1547Scale 1547, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1675Scale 1675: Raga Salagavarali, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Salagavarali
Scale 1291Scale 1291, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 779Scale 779, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 2827Scale 2827, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 3851Scale 3851, Ian Ring Music Theory

This scale analysis was created by Ian Ring, Canadian Composer of works for Piano, and total music theory nerd. The software used to generate this analysis is an open source project at GitHub. Scale notation generated by VexFlow, graph visualization by Graphviz, and MIDI playback by MIDI.js. Some scale names used on this and other pages are ©2005 William Zeitler ( used with permission.

Pitch spelling algorithm employed here is adapted from a method by Uzay Bora, Baris Tekin Tezel, and Alper Vahaplar. (An algorithm for spelling the pitches of any musical scale) Contact authors Patent owner: Dokuz Eylül University, Used with Permission. Contact TTO

Tons of background resources contributed to the production of this summary; for a list of these peruse this Bibliography. Special thanks to Richard Repp for helping with technical accuracy.