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Scale 3839: "Mixolatic"

Scale 3839: Mixolatic, 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).

Common Names



Cardinality11 (undecatonic)
Pitch Class Set{0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11}
Forte Number11-1
Rotational Symmetrynone
Reflection Axes2
Hemitonia10 (multihemitonic)
Cohemitonia9 (multicohemitonic)
prime: 2047
Deep Scaleno
Interval Vector10101010105
Interval Spectrump10m10n10s10d10t5
Distribution Spectra<1> = {1,2}
<2> = {2,3}
<3> = {3,4}
<4> = {4,5}
<5> = {5,6}
<6> = {6,7}
<7> = {7,8}
<8> = {8,9}
<9> = {9,10}
<10> = {10,11}
Spectra Variation0.909
Maximally Evenyes
Maximal Area Setyes
Interior Area2.933
Myhill Propertyyes
Ridge Tones[4]

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 TriadsC{0,4,7}453.1
Minor Triadscm{0,3,7}453.07
Augmented TriadsC♯+{1,5,9}552.9
Diminished Triads{0,3,6}253.3
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 3839. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 cm cm c°->cm B B c°->B C C cm->C D#+ D#+ cm->D#+ cm->a° c#° c#° C->c#° em em C->em am am C->am A A c#°->A C#+ C#+ dm dm C#+->dm F F C#+->F f#m f#m C#+->f#m C#+->A a#m a#m C#+->a#m D D dm->D A# A# dm->A# D+ D+ D->D+ d#° d#° D->d#° D->f#m d#m d#m D+->d#m F# F# D+->F# gm gm D+->gm D+->A# bm bm D+->bm d#°->d#m D# D# d#m->D# d#m->B D#->D#+ D#->e° D#->gm D#+->em Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 3839. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 G D#+->G D#+->B e°->em f#° f#° F->f#° F->am f#°->f#m f#m->F# F#->g° F#->a#m g°->gm gm->G G->bm a°->am am->A a#° a#° A->a#° a#°->a#m a#m->A# A#->b° b°->bm bm->B

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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 3839 can be rotated to make 10 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 3967
Scale 3967: Soratic, Ian Ring Music TheorySoratic
3rd mode:
Scale 4031
Scale 4031: Godatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryGodatic
4th mode:
Scale 4063
Scale 4063: Eptatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryEptatic
5th mode:
Scale 4079
Scale 4079: Ionatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonatic
6th mode:
Scale 4087
Scale 4087: Aeolatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolatic
7th mode:
Scale 4091
Scale 4091: Thydatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThydatic
8th mode:
Scale 4093
Scale 4093: Aerycratic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAerycratic
9th mode:
Scale 2047
Scale 2047: Monatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMonaticThis is the prime mode
10th mode:
Scale 3071
Scale 3071: Solatic, Ian Ring Music TheorySolatic
11th mode:
Scale 3583
Scale 3583: Zylatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZylatic


The prime form of this scale is Scale 2047

Scale 2047Scale 2047: Monatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMonatic


The undecatonic modal family [3839, 3967, 4031, 4063, 4079, 4087, 4091, 4093, 2047, 3071, 3583] (Forte: 11-1) is the complement of the modal family [1] (Forte: 1-1)


The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 3839 is 4079

Scale 4079Scale 4079: Ionatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonatic


T0 3839  T0I 4079
T1 3583  T1I 4063
T2 3071  T2I 4031
T3 2047  T3I 3967
T4 4094  T4I 3839
T5 4093  T5I 3583
T6 4091  T6I 3071
T7 4087  T7I 2047
T8 4079  T8I 4094
T9 4063  T9I 4093
T10 4031  T10I 4091
T11 3967  T11I 4087

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 3837Scale 3837: Minor Pentatonic With Leading Tones, Ian Ring Music TheoryMinor Pentatonic With Leading Tones
Scale 3835Scale 3835: Katodyllian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatodyllian
Scale 3831Scale 3831: Ionyllian, Ian Ring Music TheoryIonyllian
Scale 3823Scale 3823: Epinyllian, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpinyllian
Scale 3807Scale 3807: Bagyllian, Ian Ring Music TheoryBagyllian
Scale 3775Scale 3775: Loptyllian, Ian Ring Music TheoryLoptyllian
Scale 3711Scale 3711: Dycryllian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDycryllian
Scale 3967Scale 3967: Soratic, Ian Ring Music TheorySoratic
Scale 4095Scale 4095: Chromatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryChromatic
Scale 3327Scale 3327: Madyllian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMadyllian
Scale 3583Scale 3583: Zylatic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZylatic
Scale 2815Scale 2815: Aeradyllian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeradyllian
Scale 1791Scale 1791: Aerygyllian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAerygyllian

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.