[identity profile] jodawi.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] gamelan

Warning: possibly non-standard notation. Deal.

[EDIT: mistakes corrected]

C Major Scale — All white keys starting on C
Half steps: °° C °° D °° E ° F °° G °° A °° B ° C2221 2221
Half steps: ° C °° D °° E ° F °° G °° A °° B ° C221 2221 . 221 2221 . 221 2221

  C
#
  D
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    F
#
  G
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  A
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    C
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  D
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    F
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  G
#
  A
#
 
C D E F G A B C D E F G A B

 

A Minor Scale (Natural) — All white keys starting on A
Half steps: °° A °° B ° C °° D °° E ° F °° G °° A2212 2122
Half steps: °° A °° B ° C °° D °° E ° F °° G °° A212 2122. 212 2122 . 212 2122

  C
#
  D
#
    F
#
  G
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  A
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    C
#
  D
#
    F
#
  G
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  A
#
 
C D E F G A B C D E F G A B

 

A Minor Scale (Melodic) — Raise 6th and 7th notes to make the second half of the scale sound like a major scale. (Might play natural minor when descending, and melodic minor when ascending.)
Half steps: °° A °° B ° C °° D °° E °° F# °° G# ° A2212 2221
Half steps: ° A °° B ° C °° D °° E °° F# °° G# ° A212 2221. 212 2221 . 212 2221

  C
#
  D
#
    F
#
  G
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  A
#
    C
#
  D
#
    F
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  G
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  A
#
 
C D E F G A B C D E F G A B

 

A Minor Scale (Harmonic) — Similar to the melodic, but raise just the 7th notes to make the very end of the scale sound like the very end of a major scale
Half steps: °° A °° B ° C °° D °° E ° F °°° G# ° A2212 2131
Half steps: ° A °° B ° C °° D °° E ° F °°° G# ° A212 2131 . 212 2131 . 212 2131

  C
#
  D
#
    F
#
  G
#
  A
#
    C
#
  D
#
    F
#
  G
#
  A
#
 
C D E F G A B C D E F G A B

 

A Minor Scale (Twice-baked Harmonic) — Similar to the harmonic, but changes the first half of the scale to be the same pattern as the second half.

[EDIT: except I was boneheaded and my brain (made of bone) was convinced that there were two identical halves in a major scale, so everything on this page was wrong, and the whole purpose of the page was full of gerbils. Let's re-wiggle the woggle thusly:]

Half steps: °° A ° Bb °°° C# ° D °° E ° F °°° G# ° A2131 2131
Half steps: ° A ° Bb °°° C# ° D °° E ° F °°° G# ° A131 2131 . 131 2131 . 131 2131

  C
#
  D
#
    F
#
  G
#
  A
#
B
b
    C
#
  D
#
    F
#
  G
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  A
#
 
C D E F G A B C D E F G A B

Oh. Wait. That doesn't work. Ok, it's the Half-Baked Harmonic Scale.

Now it works. Thrice-baked harmonic. Fearless music teacher reports: "1312131 is actually called a double (not half-baked) harmonic scale, among other names (I've seen it called 'Persian' and 'Byzantine' too, for instance)". So apparently someone took my invention back in time from the distant famous future. mk.

 

Blues Scale
Half steps: °° A °°° C °° D ° Eb ° E °°° G °° A2321132
Half steps: °° A °°° C °° D ° Eb ° F °°° G °° A32 1132. 32 1132 . 322 1132

  C
#
  D
#
    F
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  G
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  A
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    C
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  D
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E
b
    F
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  G
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  A
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C D E F G A B C D E F G A B

Date: 2005-11-21 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sebab.livejournal.com
1312131 is actually called a double (not half-baked) harmonic scale, among other names (I've seen it called 'Persian' ad 'Byzantine' too, for instance)

Date: 2009-03-11 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sebab.livejournal.com
I don't understand a lot of the first part. Where did the 13 come from? You use ' in a way that I would verbally call "prime" but I don't understand what you mean. Why repeat each pentatonic scale twice? Confused by what you're trying to say there. Praps splain in person?

As for names, I'm sur some of them do, as well as the hexatonic ones, but do not know them. I do have a big book of various scales which we could dig out.

Many of the pentatonic scales are the same as each other if you're not worried about which note is the "tonic". Go calculate how many remain when you remove the ones symmetric under that condition (call it rotational symmetry, if you like) :)

Date: 2009-03-11 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sebab.livejournal.com
Nevermind, I get it in my now-not really-all-that-pain-fogged brain.

(prednisone, the wonder drug that works wonders)

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