Locrian Mode

The Locrian Mode is one of the seven modes. As you can see, the B Locrian has the same notes as in C Major, but the tonic starts at B. The chord built from the tonic in this case is diminished, such as Bdim that includes B, D, F. It is therefore a good choice to use this scale over half-diminished chords.

The diminished character gives the Locrian Scale a rare sound and it is probably most used in jazz. See also Super Locrian Scale.

C

C Locrian scale diagram
Notes: C, Db, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb, C

C# / Db

C# Locrian scale diagram
Notes: C#, D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#

D

D Locrian scale diagram
Notes: D, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, D

D# /Eb

D# Locrian scale diagram
Notes: D#, E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#

E

E Locrian scale diagram
Notes: E, F, G, A, Bb, C, D, E

F

F Locrian scale diagram
Notes: F, F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D#, F

F# / Gb

F# Locrian scale diagram
Notes: F#, G, A, B, C, D, E, F#

G

G Locrian scale diagram
Notes: G, Ab, Bb, C, Db, Eb, F, G

G# / Ab

G# Locrian scale diagram
Notes: G#, A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#

A

A Locrian scale diagram
Notes: A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, A

A# / Bb

A# Locrian scale diagram
Notes: A#, B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A#

B

B Locrian scale diagram
Notes: B, C, D, E, F, G, A, B

Locrian Scales overview
C: C, Db, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb, C
C#/Db: C#, D, E, F#, G, A, B, C# / Db, Ebb, Fb, Gb, Abb, Bbb, Cb, Db
D: D, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, D
D#/Eb: D#, E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D# / Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, A, B, Db, Eb
E: E, F, G, A, Bb, C, D, E
F: F, F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D#, F
F#/Gb: F#, G, A, B, C, D, E, F# / Gb, Abb, Bbb, Cb, Dbb, Ebb, Fb, Gb
G: G, Ab, Bb, C, Db, Eb, F, G
G#/Ab: G#, A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G# / Ab, Bbb, Cb, Db, Ebb, Fb, Gb, Ab
A: A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, A
A#/Bb: A#, B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A# / Bb, Cb, Db, Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, Bb
B: B, C, D, E, F, G, A, B

Intervals: 1, 2b, 3b, 4, 5b, 6b, 7b
Semi-notes: 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2
Formula: Half, Whole, Whole, Half, Whole, Whole, Whole

The Locrian scales in musical notes are available in the member area.
The scale in all keys can be downloaded as a PDF-file.

Relative keys – Locrian and Major

The same notes can be found in different Major and Locrian scales:

It is only a semi-step between the roots in the relative scales.

The ancient heritage

The Locrian scale emerged in the ancient Greece together with other scales such as Aeolian and Dorian. The names were taken from regions or people – the Locrians once lived in Central Greece.

Altered Locrian #2 and b4

Two relevant scales are the Altered Locrian #2 (sharp two) and Altered Locrian b4 (flat four), a.k.a. the Super Locrian. These are identical to the Locrian except for the raised second and flatted fourth.