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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One Reply to “Some Thoughts On Scales”

  1. This is great stuff! I noticed you’ve stopped posting on the reasontalk thread — I’m not registered there but I’m definitely interested in your work. I just picked up a Launchpad Pro; It’ll be interesting to see how it integrates with Reason out of the box. I’ve found very few sources talk about compatibility, just that Reason can recognize it. Please shoot me an email if you would like to correspond.

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