Scales Playable on only black notes (using a transposing keyboard).

By John Weider

Finds all of the documented scales that I know of that are playable using only black notes, this makes it easier for me to improvise using pentatonic scales since white notes can then be always used as accedentals. This will work on all synths that have a transpose function.

If you know of any scale families that arn't listed here please email them to me at

Scales are listed in the format: Key Name (+n,-n), [...] where n is the number of semitones to transpose up or down and the notes in brackets represent the physical keys on the keyboard to use after transposition with the effective root note first.

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