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Scale 79

Scale 79, 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).


Cardinality5 (pentatonic)
Pitch Class Set{0,1,2,3,6}
Forte Number5-4
Rotational Symmetrynone
Reflection Axesnone
enantiomorph: 3649
Hemitonia3 (trihemitonic)
Cohemitonia2 (dicohemitonic)
Deep Scaleno
Interval Vector322111
Interval Spectrumpmn2s2d3t
Distribution Spectra<1> = {1,3,6}
<2> = {2,4,7,9}
<3> = {3,5,8,10}
<4> = {6,9,11}
Spectra Variation4.8
Maximally Evenno
Maximal Area Setno
Interior Area1.25
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
Diminished Triads{0,3,6}000

Since there is only one common triad in this scale, there are no opportunities for parsimonious voice leading between triads.


Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 79 can be rotated to make 4 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 2087
Scale 2087, Ian Ring Music Theory
3rd mode:
Scale 3091
Scale 3091, Ian Ring Music Theory
4th mode:
Scale 3593
Scale 3593, Ian Ring Music Theory
5th mode:
Scale 961
Scale 961, Ian Ring Music Theory


This is the prime form of this scale.


The pentatonic modal family [79, 2087, 3091, 3593, 961] (Forte: 5-4) is the complement of the heptatonic modal family [223, 1987, 2159, 3041, 3127, 3611, 3853] (Forte: 7-4)


The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 79 is 3649

Scale 3649Scale 3649, Ian Ring Music Theory


Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 79 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 3649

Scale 3649Scale 3649, Ian Ring Music Theory


T0 79  T0I 3649
T1 158  T1I 3203
T2 316  T2I 2311
T3 632  T3I 527
T4 1264  T4I 1054
T5 2528  T5I 2108
T6 961  T6I 121
T7 1922  T7I 242
T8 3844  T8I 484
T9 3593  T9I 968
T10 3091  T10I 1936
T11 2087  T11I 3872

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 77Scale 77, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 75Scale 75, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 71Scale 71, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 87Scale 87, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 95Scale 95, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 111Scale 111, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 15Scale 15, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 47Scale 47, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 143Scale 143, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 207Scale 207, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 335Scale 335: Zanimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZanimic
Scale 591Scale 591: Gaptimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryGaptimic
Scale 1103Scale 1103: Lynimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryLynimic
Scale 2127Scale 2127, 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. Tons of background resources contributed to the production of this summary; for a list of these peruse this Bibliography.