Scales of the World
The Neapolitan scale is a minor scale type. It differs from the Major scale in that it’s second and third are flattened.
This scale more closely resembles the major scale than it does the Natural Minor. However, we will categorize it as a Minor scale type because of it’s Minor third and it’s Phrygian-esque flat 2nd.
Other than these two interesting variations the scale is identical to the Major scale.
This scale will also likely remind Earth Music Guide fans of the Melodic Minor scale, which other than it’s Natural Second is identical to the Neapolitan.
The Neapolitan Scale provides an interesting juxtaposition of elements. It sounds quite dark and strange in the lower register and as it ascends, resolves to a very familiar major scale pattern. The result is a bizarre and dreamy yet relaxing mood.