Ab Persian

A flat Persian scale for guitar.
The Ab Persian is a seven-note scale. Notes are displayed in the diagram with blue color with the root notes indicated by darker color. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note (the tonic) appears on the 6th string, 4th fret.


2 octaves

Ab Persian scale diagram Notes: Ab - Bbb - C - Db - Ebb - Fb - G Intervals: 1 - 3 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 1 Type: Septonic

The scale displayed with its numeric formula, notes, intervals and scale degrees.

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 Ab Unison Tonic
b2 Bbb Minor second Supertonic
3 C Major third Mediant
4 Db Perfect fourth Subdominant
b5 Ebb Diminished fifth Dominant
b6 Fb Minor sixth Submediant
7 G Major seventh Leading tone

The second degree is written as Bbb, which is the same as A. The fifth degree is written as Ebb, which is the same as D. The sixth degree is written as Fb, which is the same as E. A practice in a scale notation is to not include the same letter twice, if it can be avoided.

The A flat Persian consists of seven notes. These can be described as steps according to the following formula: half, whole and a half, half, half, whole, whole and a half and half from the first note to the same in the next octave.
The scale can be played on the guitar from different starting positions in which Ab functions as the tonic.
Ab Persian has similarities with Ab Gypsy Major, Ab Locrian and Ab Phrygian Dominant Mode.

This scale is foremost used in Persian and Middle East music.
When harmonized, only the second and fourth degrees are matched with common major or minor triads, A and Dbm that is.
One way to learn this scale is to observe the two chromatic sequences as well as the two tree-step intervals in each octave.