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In an Indian Raga (improvisation form),  a melody is based on one constant scale, no harmonic aspect,  giving the melody a very extended, intense & broadly developed experience.

In the West. Medieval Modes were the basis of chant in the Church.

In The High Baroque Period (. Bach, Vivaldi),  Major & Minor Scales were the rage.  Each tone of the Chromatic Scale had its own "Key" , its own scale. Equal Temperament  made it possible to play each scale "in Tune".  Key signatures were born.  Composers were free to boldly  explore new worlds of sound.

At the turn of the 2oth Century,  scales were used in new ways.

Late Romantic composers explored the deeply emotional qualties that the Chromatic Scale provided,  including very complex harmonic progressions.

Claude Debussy explored the mysterious, otherworldly qualties of the whole-tone scale. -  both  melodically & harmonically.

Arnold Schoenberg ( & his friends Berg & Webern )  turned the music world upside-down, when he declared that all 12 tones of the Chromatic Scale were equally important.  No central tone or "Tonic" ( 1 or Do of the scale ) . Serialism was born. The Chromatic Scale was organized in any way desired creating a "Tone Row".   A Series of tone rows was the basis of a music composition.  Consonance & Dissonance were completely in the mind of the listener.

Pierre Boulez & Karlheinz Stockhausen discovered that tone rows could be spatialized. Pointillism allowed each tone of a melody to hop or jump to any part of the performers instrumental or vocal range.

The Octave is usually divided into 8 tones, a mix of whole & half tones.  Composers around the world have explored dividing the octave into any number of parts. Quarter-tone scales.  Tones in a scale can be any distance apart.  Your Creative Ear, or musical traditions, decide any combination of tones you want to call a scale.


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GuitarScalesMethod  |  Guitar scales, modes, improvisation training method. Learn to play scales and modes in any key, on any chords, all over the fretboard, effortlessly and without hesitation with the GSM software course.  |  SUBJECTS: Scales · Modes · Degrees · Chords · Arpeggios · Parent scales · Modal analysis · Tonal centers · Tonal improvisation · Modal improvisation · Chord tone improvisation · Chromatic improvisation · Tune improvisation · Random chord improvisation · Scale patterns · Play-along training · Instant scale recognition · Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian mode mastery exercises · Fingering training · The six-fret secret · Fretboard projections · Scale fragments · Scale grids · |

Eric Weisstein's Treasure Trove of Music  |  Scales & Modes  |  Music theory resource site  |  Aeolian Mode  |  Chromatic Scale  |  Diatonic Scale  |  Dorian Mode  |  Gam  |  Genus  |  Harmonic Minor Scale  |  Hexacord  |  Ionian Mode  |  Lydian Mode  |  Major Scale  |  Mean Tone Scale  |  Melodic Minor Scale  |  Minor Scale  |  Mode  |  Myxolydian Mode  |  Pentatonic Scale  |  Phrygian Mode  |  Pythagorean Scale  |  Scale  |  Scientific Scale  Tempered Scale  Tonic  |

AboutScales.com  |  About Scales Home  |  scales directory  |  scales articles 1 2  |  resources  |  " Welcome to one of the biggest scales sites on the Internet - with thousands of pages of information on scales, Musical Scales and much more"  |

The DoveSong Foundation  |  About Positive Music  |  Musical Scales  | 

Microtonal Fluctuation In Moods Of All Colors 

NY Times   -   Vivien Schweitzer    |    "There was microtonal mayhem at Bargemusic during the adventurous Flux Quartet’s performance in the Here and Now series"    |  

Google  |  6 Microtonal scales  |

BioWaves  |  For time immorial, musicians have been trying every possible scheme they can conceive to create a musical scale that is more harmonious and more perfect than exisiting scales  |  Literally, Thousands of Musical scales have been invented. They range from 5 note scales in china to scales with 56 or more notes per octave in India  |

Everything2  |  "A scale (in music) is a given set of notes with assumed intervals. Major scales, minor scales, chromatic scales, augmented scales, blues scales, and pentatonic scales are a few of these  |  As reference for following scales, let's first look at the chromatic scale, which begins on one note, and plays every half step up to the next octave."  |

On Scales, Chords, and Progressions  |  book  |  melodic, harmonic minor  |  pentatonic  |  symmetric  |  clear examples of their usage  |  By Clif Kuplen |

Matrix Approach to Musical Improvisation  |  free guitar chords  |  music scales  |  piano chords  |  keyboard chart  |  downloads  |

Western Musical Scales  |  The major and minor scales occur in pairs which share the same set of notes, but which start on a different note  |

The creation of musical scales, part I  |  from a mathematic and acoustic point of view  |

Webster  |  1100+ historic & current musical scales

Google  |  Just Intonation  |  explained  |  2 sites  |

Tunings  |  The Fibonacci series as it relates to musical scales  |

Temperament and Musical Scales  |  graph illustration

The Native American flute scales  |  Eagle Song Flutes presents the pentatonic, major and minor flute music scales for those wishing to understand how to play a Native American flute. The scales will show you with fingering charts how to play music on your flute, especially if you play by ear. Whether you already have a flute, or you are purchasing one, these scales will help you get started with playing your Native American Flute

Absoluet Astronomy  |  Mathematics of musical scales

HyperPhysics  |  Musical Scales and Intervals  |

Notes on Musical Scales  |  from Acoustical and Mathematical Points of View  |

Skytopia  |  Tuning & Music Scales Theory - Why are there 12 notes  |

ScalaMusica  |  The ultimate tool & dictionary for every possible scale in the equal tempered system  |

MakarRecords  |  the Raga  |  music scales in Indian classical music  |

TomsScarff  |  Musical Scales and Tuning  |

JulyAn  |  [PDF]  |  Aesthetics, dynamics, musical scales: A Golden Connection  |

MIT  |  Why Music Scales Work  |

MusicAndYou  |  Piano Scale Book teaching music scales  |

Furman.edu  |  Piano scales: fingering charts  |

James Boyk  |  Rules for Naming the Notes of Musical Scales  |

InnerScales  |  Music Scales  |  OnLine Resource for Musicians  |

Cadets.ca  |  Music - Scales & Arpeggios  |  To view a scale, choose the box corresponding to the desired instrument and music level. Note scales are open in Adobe Acrobat (*.pdf). |

Cambodian Music Scales  |  Some simplified scales: |  Cambodian Western Turkish Indian  |

Sax411  |  Sax Appeal: Music: Scales  |

transposer.com  |  music scales modes  |

J. Calvert  |  Musical Scales  |

Bob Keller's Jazz Page  |   Academic Articles  |  Books, Charts, and Music off the Web  |  Calculators  |  California Music Stores  |   Chords and Scales  |  Critics and Journalists  |  Discs and Products  |  Explanations of Jazz  |  Instruction off the Web  |  Instruction on the Web  |  Instruments  |  Links  |  Miscellaneous  |  Musicians and Composers  |  Music on the Web  |  Music Software  |  Organizations  |  Periodicals  |  Radio Stations  |  Theory  |  Trumpet Stuff  |  Tunes  |  Venues  |  Workshops  |  Harvey Mudd College Music 84 Syllabus  |

Phenomena Cross Reference  |  Musical scales  |

Connexions  |  Scales that aren't Major or Minor  -  Module by: Catherine Schmidt-Jones  |  Major Keys and Scales  -  Module by: Catherine Schmidt-Jones  |

Western Musical Scales

Thomas Váczy Hightower  |  The Creation of Musical Scales  |  part II  |

FreeEd.net  |  Fundamentals of Scales and Key Signatures  |  This course is designed to teach you to identify and write scales and key signatures  |

MacMusic  |  Forums  |  A Look At Arabic Music Scales  |  Mac & Music  |

MusiciansNews  |  Scale Music Theory  |  the Circle of Fifths for music Scales  | 

Symphony In J Flat   -   Boston.com

The curious quest to re-invent music     |   A look at the Bohlen-Pierce scale, a musical scale based on the tritave (instead of the octave)   |   ,



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MTS  |  Guitar tabs:  scales

rbrekne  |  Harmonic errors in equal tempered musical scales  |

The Ecphorizer Weblog  |  Mathematics and musical scales, intervals  |

Spraci  |  Why Are So Many Music Scales Found Only 7 Notes Long?   |

Scales and sonorities of the 20th century  | Through a series of short articles, we will be covering some aspects and resources that have been frequently used by composers during the last years of the 19th Century and 20th Century. One of these resources has been the use of non-traditional scales, in other words, scales that are neither mayor or minor in his construction  |  links bottom of page  |

FF Den  |  Musical scales are an arrangement of pitches that are placed in rising order. The diatonic scale is the basic scale in European music. The diatonic scale is made up of two semitones (s) and five whole tones (t). This is the order of the tones in the diatonic scale: t t s t t t s.  |  Page 1: Main Page  |  Page 2: Wave Motion  |  Page 3: Sound Waves  |   Page 4: The Ear  |  Page 5: Pitch and Loudness |  Page 7:The Way We Perceive Sounds  |  Page 8: Bibliography

learnaboutmusic.com  |  Understanding The Modes   |  Neil Gall  |  PDF file  |  For Guitar  |

Ear Street  |  About the Musical Scales Game  |  Macintosh Software for ActiveHome and CP290  |

The DoveSong Foundation  |  About Positive Music (Musical Scales)  |

Wikipedia: Scale Music  |  Introductory paragraph  |  many links to relevant terms  |  very throrough  |

A. Ludwig  |  The Musical Scale  |

Exploratorium  |  Phenomena Cross Reference - MUSICAL SCALES  |

Jaffer  |  Why Music Scales Work  |

CalTech  |  Rules for Naming the Notes of Musical Scales  |  by James Boyk  |

D. Keenan  |  Unusual musical scales  |  20+ link subjects  |

TheZambian  |  A Simple Guide to Music Scales  |  Part 1 The Zambian Forums  |

Froogle  |  Google's music scales product search  |

Tom Scarff  |  Musical Scales and Tuning  |

Sethares  |  Tuning Timbre Spectrum Scale  |  by William A. Sethares  |

Deutsch's Musical Illusions  |  Introduction  |  Technical Note  |  Memory for pitch and music  |  Octave Illusion  |  Scale Illusion  |  Chromatic illusion  |  Glissando illusion  |  Tritone paradox  |  Mysterious melody  |  Cambiata illusion  |

Google Images  |  music scales  |

Entrez PubMed  |  A principle of least complexity for musical scales.  |

Iridis Encyclopedia  |  Mathematics of musical scales  |




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