Scales of the World

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Notice that there are actually ONLY twelve different tones on the keyboard within one octave. This means that amongst all the seemingly confusing and confounding Western music theory notation and analysis, we are really just talking about arrangements of these twelve tones.

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Deer

When many of us think of a scale the first thing we think of is the major scale and perhaps fluffy images of the Sound of Music.

Twelve

In all of Western music theory notation and analysis, we are really just talking about arrangements of these twelve tones.

Seven

All of the ancient scales had the 8 notes (counting the octave) which are equivalent to the whitenotes on a keyboard today.

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Blues

The Aeolian Mode produces a sad, dark, somber mood, without being jazzy or particularly ethnic sounding

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Kumoi Natural 2nd

This scale is another that comes to us from Japan. We’ll call it Kumoi natural 2nd, since that is the only variation from the Kumoi scale.

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Byzantine

The Aeolian Mode produces a sad, dark, somber mood, without being jazzy or particularly ethnic sounding

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