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Questions tagged [scales]

For questions about playing, understanding, or studying scales.

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What are the full set of chords allowed in a Double Harmonic scale?

I have recently discovered Double Harmonic scales and love them. Particularly the major. I'm having a lot of fun improvising melodies but I can't seem to make any chord progressions that work. It ...
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Why this fingering is written for Ab minor blues scale?

Can somebody explain why Ab minor scale starts with 412? I would start with 414. Then the whole scale would be faster because of less space to shift fingers. Am I wrong?
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Using V and v chord when melody alternates between harmonic and natural minor

When using the harmonic (or melodic) minor scale for a melody, it is often combined with the natural minor, depending on whether the seventh is a leading tone going up to the tonic (in which case you'...
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Carnatic Vs Western 12 Note system

I was trying to learn the chromatic scale and associate it with carnatic equivalents (I know equal temperment is not the way with indian music, but it interest me to relate and learn it to certain ...
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Jazz piano: accompanying oneself

My goal is to be able to by ear play a jazz standard, with improv sections. When keeping an accompaniment in my left hand (say, a walking base or similar) while soloing with my right, then I stall. ...
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Why does an f minor scale sound good on a c major chord?

I've been looping a C major chord on an app, and tried to play the F minor scale on that. Why does this work? I know that A minor is the relative scale of C major and that should sound good. But why ...
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Does a scale have more than seven chords?

So I was watching this video and he goes to show that there's 48 (!) chords in the double harmonic major. Why so many? I thought there were only seven diatonic chords. Should one take just 3 random ...
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Giant Steps - Coltrane and Slonimsky

I've read several times that John Coltrane practiced extensively from the Slonimsky Thesaurus of scales and melodic patterns and that Coltrane's Giant Steps is strongly influenced by or is even a ...
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Why is the darkest scale considered double harmonic major and not double harmonic minor? [closed]

I like scary sounding scales so I research them a lot. I see alot of youtubers consider the double harmonic major to be the "darkest scale" or "most evil scale". I've seen multiple videos on this from ...
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Scales, modes, techniques for writing “Super Mario” style music

I'm looking for a push in the right direction as to how to go about writing Super Mario type video game themes. What scales/modes work best, time signatures, etc... Examples of where I'm trying to go:...
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Fingering for Eb Major in double thirds (piano)

I have seen a fingering for the Eb Major scale in double thirds where, in the RH, 35 is used for Ab,C is followed by 24 for Bb,D, but only when going upwards. At first it seems better than using 13 ...
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Major Mediant of F Major Scale [duplicate]

I'm writing a solo over a progression in F Major. However, the progression uses a major mediant instead of the usual minor. Therefore, my progression in F major is IV-III-vi-ii-I (Bbmaj-Amaj-Dmin-Gmin-...
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Chord has every note of the harmonic minor scale. Name? [closed]

I see an extremely strange type of chord in the first bar of the attachment below. This is the beginning of the fourth movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. It has all of the notes of the D harmonic ...
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Why is the Major-Minor Scale unused?

I tried to make the "best" 7-tone scale in just intonation. Specifically: The tones must be alongside the equal temperament. (7-TET here) The tones must have the least maximum harmonic distance. ...
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Is there a name for a minor scale with a raised 3rd or a major scale with a lowered 6th and 7th?

I've noticed a pattern in chord progressions and melodies where I like to use the b7 and b6 chords with a major tonic and there are several modern songs that like to use this pattern as seen in a ...
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I have few confussion also how to find solo scale from my progression [closed]

I am progressing chords for riff Chords: E5 - F5 - G5 E5 = with Palm Mute F5 = Normal G5 = Normal Pattern: A -2-2----2-2-2--3 E -0-0----0-0-0--1 P.M-------P.M- it's sound like heavy music ...
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Roman numeral chord notation in minor scale?

I need help to understand chord intervals (not single note intervals) explains what the numbers I, IV, vi, III+ usually stand for in major chord theory. But what's it like with a minor scale? What ...
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Cadences for Modes

For each of the modes, is there a certain chord that goes before the targeted I or i chord? For instance, it seems in the Phrygian mode that II to i is a fairly strong progression. In Ionian, ...
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What is the difference between equivalent Flat and Sharp keys as far as musical notation? Are there any reasons to prefer one over the other?

I wrote a song in Db Major, but I could also notated that it would be equivalent to say C# Major as well. I am not well versed in musical theory and I think both are equivalent to each other and ...
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What are the notes on this instrument? [duplicate]

I happen to have what I believe is called a bansuri. It seems to be of Chinese or Indian origin from what I can find out on Google, but I don't seem to be able to find note equivalents for it in a ...
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Is the “sad” side of a major scale the relative or parallel minor? [closed]

I know that whenever anybody talks about happy/sad it gets downvoted. But please hear me out. I think that major/minor is so prevalent because as humans we tend to always be in a shifting state of ...
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Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 1: No. 17 Contrary Motion (1) - Can't understand the structure

Can somebody explain how the harmony works in this piece? It seems that the right hand plays on C key and the left hand alternates between G and D. Why when played in opposite direction do the ...
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What Scale is This?

I sort of stumbled upon an unusual scale in a black metal song. It goes: E-F-G-A-A#-C-C#-D#-E or HWWHWHWH It is not a scale I recognize, though it resembles a mixture of familiar scales. Would ...
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Audio Tracks and Scales [closed]

I am writing, because I would like to know if you might be in a position to help me with the following: I am trying to find audio recordings of things like the major and minor guitar scales that I may ...
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Are intervals like major 3rd, minor 3rd, and major 2nd all based on the scales, or are they based on how many semitones they have?

Are intervals like major 3rd, minor 3rd, and major 2nd all based on the scales, or are they based on how many semitones they have? I ask this question because if I play the C major scale, and I ...
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Choice of the names of the notes for harmonica tuned in keys different from C

I was looking around the website of one of the most important maker of harmonica and I checked the tuning chart of an harmonica in the A key. I am beginning to study harmonica and expected to find on ...
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When learning scales, is it important to know which key is being pressed when?

I'm relatively new to learning the piano, though this has been a point of confusion since day one. So, I started out with C Major and everything was going fine. I got the finger motions down, I was ...
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How to Achieve This Guitar Tone in Guitar Rig [closed]

I found Gorgeous cover song on youtube . i just really like to achieve this tone . in fact i like this tone better than the original one. Thanks , Much Appreciated.
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Is the ♭VII chord still a dominant chord in the natural minor scale? [duplicate]

If I have the progression Cm > Ab > Bb > Cm from the C natural minor scale, does the Bb chord still work as a dominant chord as it would in Eb major? I know that in the minor scale, ...
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Super fast scales and octaves, How?

I looked at the sheet music for a piano transcription of The Four Seasons and I see in the third movement of Summer, 2 things that I don't know if I can do. It has partly to do with the Presto tempo ...
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why is it harder to solo using a diatonic scale than a pentatonic scale? [closed]

I learned my pentatonic shapes and I can do some solos with them, not so good yet, but improving. I now learned the major diatonic shapes and I find it harder to solo with them, is it because of the ...
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Scale, Heptatonic Scale, Diatonic Scale, Major Scale

A scale with 7 notes, in an octave, is called a Heptatonic Scales. Heptatonic scales are further divided based on tone and semitones arrangements. If a Heptatonic scale have five tones and two ...
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Ranking dominant chord alterations by dissonance

In a jazz chord progression, there are many ways to alter the extensions and notes in a dominant chord. Reasons for altering dominant chords are to add harmonic variety, to construct elegant and ...
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“Scale in thirds” vs “scales a third apart” - what is the difference?

I was just browsing through ABRSM syllabus and found two different things, as mentioned in the title. What is the difference? The syllabus is here: https://in.abrsm.org/fileadmin/user_upload/PDFs/...
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Clichéd Chinese Pentascale?

Oftentimes when a movie is expressing Asian culture, the first five notes of a pentatonic scale (usually in CM) plays in the background, sometimes preceded by a gong. I am wondering why this is and as ...
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Why when playing 12 bar blues why does the min7th note seem to set up the change to the 4th chord

When playing a 12 bar blues progression, playing a min7th note over the I chord seems to naturally set up the change to the IV chord. Why is this? For example: in the key of A, it sounds good to ...
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How to reference or calculate the percentage pitch change between two notes?

I'm building an arpeggiator software. So to start off I have a note for a piano sample, call it 'piano-base-note.mp3'. and I have a script to increase / decrease the pitch of an mp3 file by some ...
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What is the name of the scale containing A, Bb, C#, D, E, F?

I found that there are six notes that sound curious and inspiring to my ears, namely A, Bb, C#, D, E, F. But I am not aware of any named scales that have these six particular notes. So my question is:...
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Which scales have a major chord built on second note? Which scales have a minor chord built on the seventh note?

Which base scales (base scale meaning not modes) have a major chord built on the second note? (In which scales is the II chord a major? Is this the proper nomenclature?) Which scales have a minor ...
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Is there a term to describe an augmented second as a step or tone instead of an interval?

Typically when describing a scale its very typical to describe the pattern in terms of semitones and tones or half steps and whole steps as follows: A major scale is a diatonic scale. The sequence ...
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What scales can I play over Maj7 with lowered ninth?

I know that I can play a b2 Dorian scale over a DomSus chord with a lowered ninth, but what about over a major7 b2?
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Augmented dominant seventh chord = what scale?

An easy example: C+7 = C E G# Bb What scale would this thing come from? When playing it it sounds lydian to me, not so much dominant. Same notes rewritten: E+7#11 = E G# B# A# my best guess ...
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Analysis: How to determine what scale/mode a score uses

I'm learning music theory with the hopes of being able to analyze sheet music. My question is -- What if the piece I am analyzing is in some other mode than major or minor? Or even stranger, like ...
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Why is C# in the D Major Scale?

So far in my music learning journey I've been quite happy with the Whole, Whole, Half, Whole, Whole, Whole, Half tone construction of major scales. That is until I came across the D Major Scale. D E F#...
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Chord construction using the minor scale

Background information (leads onto my question) Here is a table of the A minor scale + the suggested chord qualities (the qualities were copied from the Wikipedia page on Roman Numeral Analysis where ...
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Why do chords have different notes on different scales?

This is probably a stupid and naive question but: If I play the Cmaj chord on the C major scale I get the notes C-E-G. Now if I play the Cmaj chord on the C minor scale I get the notes C-Eb-G. So ...
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Is Nirvana's 'Aero Zeppelin' intro in Locrian mode?

The song 'Aero Zeppelin' by Nirvana (see here for Youtube video link) begins with a calmer introduction that has a 'creepy' feeling, due to the occurrence of the tritone. I have tried to analyse the ...
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Pentatonic, hexatonic, heptatonic, octatonic… what is a 12 tone scale called?

Pentatonic, hexatonic, heptatonic, octatonic... what is a 12 tone scale called? This seems like a dumb question. I know it's just called the chromatic scale, but isn't there a ______-tonic name? I ...
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What is the scale of A # Minor / B flat minor? What does it look like in tab? [closed]

What is the Guitar chord - lead scale of A# Minor / B flat minor? I'd like to see what this scale looks like in tablature. How do I play it?
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How do I approach music theory practically?

I am an amateur bass guitar player. At some point I decided to do something about my lack of theory knowledge. Now I know a few basic scales and can read sheet music in simple keys (from zero to one ...