Some Thoughts On Scales

I’ve been thinking about how to organize my musical scales. I have a list of 36 (or so) of them, and the order they are cycled through could be very important. I’ll pop my list into a spread sheet and organize later. It would be good to have them organized by similarity, or group them by number of notes. (Hepatonic, Hexatonic, Pentatonic…)

There’s a lot of thought on this online. Well, maybe not a lot, but it did lead me to some interesting pages. The most useful is probably this one, by Ethan Hein, which describes the various modes on both the chromatic and circle of fifths. He’s got some other interesting discussion on his site. I’m probably looking some way of organizing like in this flowchart:

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