Scales: What is a Scale?


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 type sounds different. More important, each scale type feels different.

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

Think of each scale as a distinctive palette of musical sound-colors that work together to create a certain mood or feeling. Never think of a scale as an unbendable or unbreakable rule.

learn more… Scale Structure: The Number System