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It is impossible to say for sure, since the term chromatic has had a musical meaning since at least ancient Greek times (hence the use of a Greek word). More on that in a moment, but first, its worth noting that "color" has idiomatic meanings as well, such as these definitions for "colorful" in the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary: 2. interesting or ...


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The way that the Melodic Minor scale is presented to students (Melodic Minor when ascending, Natural Minor when descending, see ex. 1) is merely a teaching tradition. This tradition is an incomplete definition of how the great composers employed the Melodic Minor Scale in their melodies. The apparent purpose is to allow the student to demonstrate mastery of ...


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The chroma in chromatic does mean color. In chromatic scale, we have full access to all the notes available in the twelve tone equal temperament system. We don't typically use all 12 notes when composing or playing and we'll mostly stick with a smaller set of typically seven notes from a heptatonic (seven note) scale. We'll also most likely be in some kind ...


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Welcome to the wonderful world of guitar. The guitar is a very versatile and portable instrument that you can enjoy anywhere you like. As you have discovered, fretted (or non fretted) stringed instruments such as guitar, ukulele. mandolin, or even violin, are very different from a keyboard instrument. With a piano, there is only one specific key per ...


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The reason for the difference in ascending and descending comes down to how people composed in minor keys during the common practice period of music. To fully grasp the concept, you have to not only look at the melodic minor scale, but all three flavors of the minor scale which are the natural, the harmonic, and the melodic. Obviously the natural minor is ...


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I have a similar background, and in my experience, there simply isn't a good transition or analog from piano to guitar. Whereas a child can learn to identify every B-flat on the piano in an afternoon, it takes weeks or months of practice to know the notes on the fretboard. It's an entirely different system. I would like to suggest a few approaches / ideas I ...


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It's because you can start/continue the the pattern on any of the notes of the pentatonic scale. The collection of notes you have will always be the same, but the exact pattern of the scale will be different. Let's look at the E minor pentatonic scale to start with. In the E minor penatonic scale you have the following notes with the following intervals: ...


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There is a jazz scale theory, coming mainly from the modal period, with contributions from the jazz theorist George Russell, that approaches improvisation by viewing "every chord as having one or more scales that can be played over it" (www.jazzstandards.com/theory/modal-jazz.htm). Here's a possible chords-scales correspondence (this chart is my attempt at ...


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In the Common Practice Period (technical name for composers doing what I'm describing), the keys were (and still are) divided into two modes, major and minor. Each of the 12 (not counting enharmonic things like C#=Db) major keys consist of the usual 7-note major scale pattern: SSHSSSH (from C, DEFGABC). The minor modes have a flat third (Eb in the case of C) ...


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The two accidental signs after the high A are natural signs. You play G-natural and F-natural when descending in the A Melodic-Minor Scale. The A will never be altered in any kind of A-scale. More generally, the 6th and 7th scale degrees in a Melodic-Minor Scale are considered movable and may change through the course of a piece to suit the melody. The ...


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The other answers cover all the important points. I'd just like to add that there's no "logic" behind the Melodic Minor scale, but merely musical taste, which is of course not set in stone. For instance: sharpening the seventh step when it goes up, and flattening when it goes down, is not universal. O quam mirabilis est by Hildegard of Bingen has ...


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That is an interesting question. And Dom's answer gives the simple explanation that most plausibly explains how the term "chromatic" which originally referred to color and not sound or pitch (from the Greek word chrôma, meaning color) was adopted to describe the full set of 12 musical pitches in Western Music. I would like to add to Dom's answer and ...


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The are scale shapes. The help to memorize notes on fretboard. The every scale has multiple positions. The most popular are vertical patterns but there are others This is very popular minor pentatonic scale shape diagram It will be never so easy to play them as it was on keyboard but you will get used to it. The most beneficial thing you can do on guitar ...


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beautiful flute song using this scale greetings Erik


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Just adding to the previous two answers, there are three types of minor scales: Natural Minor - all notes are the same going up and coming down Harmonic Minor - The 7th note is sharp going up and going down Melodic Minor - The 6th & 7th notes are sharp going up but natural coming down. In the example you've given, they're using the Melodic Minor ...


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Source: http://etymonline.com/index.php?term=chroma&allowed_in_frame=0 (emphasis mine) chroma (n.) "quality or intensity of color," 1889, from Latinized form of Greek khroma "surface of the body, skin, color of the skin," also used generically for "color" and, in plural, "ornaments, embellishments," related to khros "surface of the body, skin," ...


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You give us neither the G7 > C or E7 > Am cadences that would answer your question conclusively. Which way will you choose to end the piece of which this is an excerpt? Neither you or you friend is wrong, or right!


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G Dorian is G Dorian, not minor. That said: G Dorian has one flat (Bb) and no sharps, although the seventh F is occasionally sharped as an accidental.


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The mode that starts on scale degree three of a major scale is the Phrygian mode. It differs from the minor mode in that the second scale step is only a half tone above the tonic, rather than a whole tone. In a way, it's more minor than minor. Here's an example of music in the Phrygian mode: O Virtus Sapientiae, by Hildegard of Bingen: ...


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The notes that seem to have 2 different names are actually 2 different notes. If you are only looking for note names then you should be fine - follow the advise of these commentators and you will automatically get the correct sharps or flats for your key signature. But if you are coding music to be played in precise harmony (for example on Supercollider) ...


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Just a side note (too long for a comment), in Jazz there are the so called Symmetrical Diminished scales. These are octatonic scales that play well over diminished chords, and that are built from two groups of 4 notes, each group with a similar shape. There are two of these scales: half-whole mode -- 1st group = [1 b2 #2 3] - 2nd group = [#4 5 6 ...



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