Example 27. The chromatic scale. The 7-5 chromatic notations show the white and black notes clearly to the pianist, a tablature-like benefit. Starting on different notes of the chromatic scale will help in many ways. In the C chromatic scale, for the I chord we can have: C major: C,E,G C minor: C,Eb,G C augmented: C,E,G# C half diminished: C,Eb,Gb,Bb C diminished: C,Eb,Gb,A. Think of it as starting on the third and playing back to the third using a chromatic approach to the 2nd note (D) of the scale. All of the above can be used in the chromatic scale, because all of the above notes belong in the chromatic scale. Lastly, it will make practicing the scale more fun. Of, relating to or based on the chromatic scale (using all the semitones in the octave.). Ex.2 – Scale in Thirds in B Harmonic Minor. Any music that introduces even a single note outside the scale is, by definition, chromatic. In contrast, chromatic staff notations make it much easier to read, play, and understand. a. Chromatic: 1. Music: Relating to or using notes not belonging to the diatonic scale in which a passage is written. This is where we start on the third (in this case, E) of the major scale and then play #1, 2 and back to 3. The second bar outlines a very common chromatic passage. Composers utilize the chromatic scale in a variety of ways. Second, it will help you when playing a chromatic passage in repertoire. Maille: (chainmail, mail) A type of armor consisting of small metal rings linked together in a pattern to form a mesh. Consistent sound Example 2 shows the same descending-fifths sequence, this time with alternating secondary dominant chords. The chords could be anything. To do so, we need two new technical terms: diatonic and chromatic. Of, relating to, or produced by color.. 2. The chromatic scale is the musical scale that includes all the twelve notes available in music. Example 27 again illustrates an ascending chromatic scale on a piano keyboard. Importantly, chromatic sequences are not merely sequences that contain chromatic pitches. The passage illustrates an important aspect of tonality: even though the passage uses notes outside of the white-note A-minor scale, the key of A-minor is not lost--A is still the center of gravity in the passage. The time has come to begin expanding our idea of what tonality involves and to deal with the powers of those mysterious black keys. The 6-6 chromatic notations in particular reveal the passage’s interval structure much more clearly. Take it step-by-step. Another example in 3rd in B Harmonic minor key. Music that uses the pitches of a particular scale - and those pitches only - is diatonic. The passages with the little finger are the most stretchy. First, it will help ingrain the fingerings into your memory.