Scales: C Middle Eastern Scale

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Here’s a delicious-sounding scale from the middle east. I really don’t know what to call it, so let’s call it the Middle Eastern Scale. Compare it to the C Major Scale and notice the dramatic effect created by changing two notes: Db (Ra) instead of D (Re) and Ab (Le) instead of A (La). Notice how these unique tensions allow you to create a whole new kind of music, a very exotic sound that is instantly recognizable!  By the way, this is yet another example proving that scales are not made of “half-steps” and “whole-steps”.

C Middle Eastern Scale: Notation & Keyboard Layout…



Comparative Ear Training: Play and sing the Major Scale and Middle Eastern Scale side-by-side and notice the powerful attraction that Ra has for Do and Le has for So.

Ear Training

Reading and singing the Solfege syllables out loud is a very effective way to internalize the unique sound-feeling of each note in a musical scale. Reminder: It is absolutely essential that you sing these out loud… and to play and sing slowly enough to allow the unique sound-feeling of each solfege syllable to make an impression on your mind’s ear.

C Middle Eastern Scale: Linear





C Middle Eastern Scale: Do-X-Do





Tip: Many other patterns are possible as well, but at this point your time is better spent going right to the kinds of music that YOU want to play for your study-practice material.


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