Scales: What is a Scale?

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A Scale is a collection of pitches that work together in order to achieve some melodic-harmonic purpose. There are many kinds of melodic-harmonic purposes; there are many kinds of scales.

Each scale type has a unique personality. Each scale sounds different. More important, each scale feels different.

Each note in a scale has a particular musical function. Some establish the tonality. Some create harmonic tension. Some provide harmonic release.

Think of each scale as a distinctive palette of musical colors that work together to create a certain mood or feeling. Never think of a scale as un-bendable or un-breakable rule.

LEARN MORE… Scale Structure: The Number System


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