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Questions tagged [scales]

For questions about playing, understanding, or studying scales.

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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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How accurate are 12TET approximations of Japanese scales?

Is it possible on normal European instruments to play Japanese scales like the Hirajōshi, Insen, In, Ryo, etc, without retuning? If I do have to retune, where can I find out which exact intervals are ...
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What are some of the underlying harmonies/scales behind this type of songs?

Recently, I came across an album by a guitarist that sounded quite "exotic" and wanted to know more about the theory behind the sounds. Some interesting phrases: 2:00,...
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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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Pre-chromatic scale keyboards

Did some look like the modern piano keyboard, at least over a few octaves, even before the chromatic scale was adopted?
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Identify scale name using Scala

Does the program Scala (http://www.huygens-fokker.org/scala/) provide the ability to identify (i.e. name) a scale given its intervals or tones? Can't find the documentation to perform this operation.
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A Blues Major Scale and A Blues Minor Scale meet at one point?

I am fairly new to playing the guitar now backed with some theory. I was exercising the A Blues Major scale for a while now and had some very cool insights. The latest is the assumption that the A ...