Does The OCTATONIC Scale Have A Diminished Tonic Chord? [Q&A]

Tommaso Zillio

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‘Octatonic tonic’? Is this real?

If you read the subject of this email, you may be thinking that I finally lost my marbles.

But don’t worry. After all I took my meds this morning. I think.

So what is this ‘octatonic tonic’ nonsense?

See, I got this question from you: “Does the octatonic scale have a diminished first chord?”

Now, the first chord of a key is called ‘the tonic chord’… hence the “octatonic tonic chord” :-)

(Maybe I should start selling t-shirts with ‘octatonic tonic’ written in front…)

The octatonic scale is also called the “diminished” scale… so it seems logical that its tonic chord is diminished too…

But as it turns out.. the octatonic tonic chord is not diminished!

See why this is good news for you in the video below.

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