Diatonic vs. Pentatonic

Diatonic vs. Pentatonic — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Diatonic and Pentatonic

Diatonicadjective

Of or using only the seven tones of a standard scale without chromatic alterations.

Pentatonicadjective

Of or using only five tones, usually the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth tones of a diatonic scale.

Diatonicadjective

(music) Relating to or characteristic of a musical scale which contains seven pitches and a pattern of five whole tones and two semitones; particularly, of the major or natural minor scales.

Pentatonicadjective

(music) Based on five tones.

The middle movement is completely pentatonic, giving it an unusual sound.

Diatonicadjective

based on the standard major or minor scales consisting of 5 tones and 2 semitones without modulation by accidentals

Pentatonicnoun

(music) The pentatonic scale.

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Diatonicadjective

based on or using the five tones and two semitones of the major or minor scales of Western music

Pentatonicadjective

relating to a pentatonic scale