chromatic scale


Definition of chromatic scale

: a musical scale consisting entirely of half steps

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One method, the Von Luschan chromatic scale, invented 36 different categories by comparing skin color to opaque colored tiles. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Pinterest Wants to Diversify Your Search Results," 26 Apr. 2018 Now, rather than being limited to the five digits that evolution has given us, a pianist could playing by issuing mental instructions to 12 virtual fingers, one for each note on the chromatic scale (all the white and black keys in an octave). R. Douglas Fields, Scientific American, "Wristband Lets the Brain Control a Computer with a Thought and a Twitch," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chromatic scale

circa 1789, in the meaning defined above

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chromatic scale

chro·​mat·​ic scale | \ krō-ˈma-tik-\

Kids Definition of chromatic scale

: a musical scale that has all half steps

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