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considering this system you have the formula C(12,r) where r is the number of notes per scale and the sum is the total number of scales you can consider in the system.: # of notes per scale … 12 12 1 So in this system, the number of scales you can have is 3964. If you also want to consider modes, the formula changes because of the sets only account for 1 …
answered Aug 10 '15 by Dom
The way the circle of 5ths is setup, you would typically use F# minor instead of Gb minor, C# minor instead of Db minor, G# minor instead of Ab minor, and Bb minor over A# minor. You can uses either e …
answered Dec 7 '14 by Dom
It will depend on exactly how you are looking at it and what exactly is going on when it is used. Typically, you'll see the 2nd doubled especially when playing over altered dominants like a 7♯9 …
answered Mar 23 '17 by Dom
Assuming you are going off the tenor sax's written part then you're not actually in the key of E major which is why it doesn't sound right. The tenor sax is a transposing instrument. When a tenor sax …
answered Oct 18 '16 by Dom
The closest scale I've found was the Neapolitan Major Scale, but the fifth is perfect instead of diminished. There is a possibility that this scale is unnamed because this combination does not come up …
answered Sep 21 '14 by Dom
describe the steps in which would come to H - A - H - W - H - W - W or internals from root which would be m2 - M3 - P4 - P5 - m6 - m7. There are more scales out there than just major and minor. This scale … is the B Phrygian Dominant scale which is a mode of the E harmonic minor scale. I have a lot of experience with scales so I can identify them on the fly by looking for a few key elements. To be able …
answered Dec 10 '15 by Dom
Parallel in this context simply means that you write the scale requested with that note as the root. The context parallel is being used is odd as just telling you to write a scale starting on the give …
answered Sep 22 '16 by Dom
Yes the harmonic and melodic scales are named for their relationship to the melody and harmony. To see why this is, let's first look at the A natural minor scale first: A B C D E F G A …
answered Sep 19 '15 by Dom
The difference is simple. When you are talking about the major scale you are talking in a tonal context and when you are talking about Ionian you are talking in a modal context. You won't hear anybody …
answered Jun 18 '16 by Dom
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 l …
answered Apr 8 '16 by Dom
First off, this notation is known as Solfege, and there are two different types. Fixed Do, where C is always Do, and Movable Do, where the root of the scale you are using is Do. The rest of this answe …
answered May 4 '18 by Dom
It's just 3 octaves of the chromatic scale. Based on what you say it sounds like it is not the scale, but the range given to compose in. The game is just giving you the range from C1 to B3 to play wit …
answered Jan 11 '16 by Dom
All of them. Here's the simple reason why. We use different systems to name, describe, and label scales. Let's just look at the C major scale to start. The C major scale can also be referred to as … the C Ionian mode when thinking in modal contexts, but there are more ways to describe the scale then just that. You can describe a scale by pattern i.e. the C major scales has the pattern WWHWWWH …
answered Aug 6 '15 by Dom
Knowing intervals and the general scale patterns is a big help whenever trying to identify scales. The tell tale sign of a minor scale is it has a minor 3rd instead of a major 3rd. If you can find …
answered Feb 12 '15 by Dom
The're just the first 5-6 notes of some of the mode of a major scale which isn't a surprise since the patterns for the modes themselves come from shifting where you start the major scale pattern. I …
answered Nov 2 '16 by Dom

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