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In a purely theoretical space, I noticed some interesting properties of a scale which I determined to be the Magen Abot Scale.

The scale I am interested in is:

C Db D# E F# G# A B

or

1 b2 #2 3 #4 #5 6 7

My question is, does anyone know of specific recordings using this scale? It has a strange sound and I would love to hear how it is used. I don't think I would be able to verify on my own, by listening, if a recording is using this scale or not.

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more of a comment, but a little long for comment box

I think the ♯2 is more likely to be perceived as a ♭3 unless the two 2s are really used as alternate paths from 1 to 3.

This looks to me like two scales superimposed, a C major and a A melodic minor. You've got lots of dominant diminished chords that can resolve to C-E-B (omitting the altered ♯G) and lots of dominant chords that can resolve to A-C-E. So this scale might arise during a modulation from C to A-minor or vice-versa.

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I agree b3 seems more intuitive but was told #2 is the more common notation for this scale so I went with #2. It is cited as a Jewish scale, but I'm not sure how it is used or what it sounds like therein. –  Matthew Briggs Oct 11 '13 at 13:48

I may be well off mark here, but it is a 9 note scale, looking like a mode of C# harmonic minor, with the addition of a major 6th note. The mode being based around C. Sadly, can't find any tunes that seem specifically to use it.

Or - could be, using Db and Eb as C# and D# respectively, construed as the Aeolian of E (C# natural minor) with an added C (b6 or #5).

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I figured out why I was having trouble finding examples. It seems Magen Avot is a more typical spelling.

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Hmm. Both these examples uses the harmonic minor scale a lot (or mainly) with some variations (such as b7). I didn't hear any minor seconds (b2) or major thirds (3) (with one exception), but a lot of perfect fifths (5) and natural seconds (2). So to my ears these examples don't use the scale formula you listed. I only had a quick low focus listen though. (As a side note different modes of the harmonic minor scale are at the core of jewish klezmer music.) –  Ulf Åkerstedt Nov 9 '13 at 20:54
    
I couldn't tell from listening what scale was being used but was going off of the titles. Thank you for checking. –  Matthew Briggs Nov 10 '13 at 4:20

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