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Yesterday my friend sent me a recording of a song. I was particularly stunned and interested in a scale (maybe not a scale, but it does sound like one.) I decided to upload the scale here: https://soundcloud.com/kris-pianist/scale. Trying my best, I cannot transcribe it. Can anybody please help me?

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    Drop the sound file into Audacity, calculate the FFT for each note, and you're done. – Carl Witthoft Sep 3 '14 at 18:13
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Yes, basically both hands play an Abmin(maj9) arpeggio, the right in 16ths while the left in 8ths. Here is the transcription fot it:

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Talking about scales, from this excerpt it can be either an Ab melodic minor or an Ab harmonic minor scale.

  • OK, so how did you generate this transcription? – Carl Witthoft Sep 4 '14 at 11:47
  • Piano + Ears :D The score is written with Sibelius 7. – Davide La Vardera Sep 4 '14 at 12:21
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It's not a scale, it's a five-note-arpeggio. It is an Abminmaj9 ('A flat minor major nine') arpeggio. This chord has the notes

Ab Cb Eb G Bb

And on the recording it is played like this (from high to low):

Bb Ab G Eb Cb (and continued like this through 3 lower octaves)

The last note of the arpeggio (Cb, after descending 3 octaves) resolves to Bb, which is the root of the next chord (Bb major).

  • An arpeggio is done over a scale, so it is a scale indeed :) – m0skit0 Sep 4 '14 at 12:43
  • @m0skit0: Forgive me, but your comment doesn't make a lot of sense :) – Matt L. Sep 4 '14 at 13:36

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