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A PDF of musically useful scales/modes

Post by Refund » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:38 am

I made a PDF file with all the transpositions and notes of all of the exotic scales and modes I could find.

It was a lot of work, and since I may not be the only person interested in this, you can download it here:

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Davidh
http://www.infinitesimal.eu/~modules/in ... dModes.pdf

Biftek
http://fox.dropmark.com/289374/7753824

https://www.sendspace.com/file/47cft3
(if the link is broken, leave a message and I'll reupload it)
Last uploaded 12th April 2016

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edit: added this info so that it makes a bit more sense.

The bottom 2/3rds of each page is a repeating octave of the keyboard, think of the top row as the black keys, the bottom row as the white keys, then look at a keyboard and it should make sense.

The roman numerals are the 'scale degree' that each note takes up within the scale.

So if you you wanted to play the diatonic scale, in DORIAN mode (II/2nd degree of the diatonic scale) you could pick any diatonic scale key (so you know which notes to play) and then make all the phrases resolve/end on the II/2nd degree note within that scale.

also, the chords that are written for each scale degree are using the jazz standard system of chord notation, that's why there are triangles/degrees/pluses/minuses in the chord listings, it saves a lot of space.

Indian scales have a traditional drone chord, and also a few different notes that they emphasize or resolve on, called the Vadi (main resting notes) and Samvadi (secondary resting notes) they also have notes that are only played while ascending in pitch (arohana) and descending in pitch (avarohana) but there is rarely any instances where this is actually used.

I also included all the scale degrees for the pentatonic pelog scale since they're all derived from the same master scale anyway (obviously the listed version is a bastardised equal tempered version of pelog and not the legit microtonal traditional variations)
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Post by flo » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:50 am

Wow, thank you so much! :yay:

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Post by Kent » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:51 am

Cool! Looks awesome! Thanks for the hard work, sir.

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Post by filtermod » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:57 am

Wow. Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into this! :tu: Just skimming it over it looks like a great resource!

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Post by Skaput » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:40 am

Thanks for making this available Refund, a heroic effort indeed. :sb:

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:tu:

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Post by n_m » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:18 pm

TY! :tu:

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Post by sygor » Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:04 pm

Thanks so much for making this and sharing it!

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Post by Richard Wilder » Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:42 pm

Thank you.

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Post by kindredlost » Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:50 pm

very cool effort and resource. Thanks! :yay:

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Post by Refund » Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:54 am

glad some of you guys think you might get some use out of it.

if there's anyone out there that has any scales to add (that aren't already duplicated with another scale) and with appropriate sources to confirm it's a legit historical scale, let me know.

also I'm aware this is missing all the symettrical scales (whole tone, octanic, nine tone, and that other one) I omitted them because they're so simple that there's really nothing to 'remember' or 'refer to' but I will likely add them to a later version anyway just for completeness.

I could also mathematically derive all possible missing scales but I wanted to stick with all the tried and true musical ones, since there's already enough variety in this set to keep me going for a few more years.

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Post by flo » Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:32 am

Refund wrote:I could also mathematically derive all possible missing scales but [...]
Please do that just for the fun of it! :yay:

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Post by Clockgate » Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:43 am

Thanks so much for your work, such a useful resource. :tu:
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Post by Hainbach » Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:55 am

Thank you! Very nicely formatted, too.

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Post by Jaspo » Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:07 am

Thanks for posting this.

Scala is a cross platform program for displaying scales. Been around forever.
http://www.huygens-fokker.org/scala/
A large collection of over 4400 scale files for Scala is also available for download.
The scale data file can be found at the bottom of the download page:
http://www.huygens-fokker.org/scala/downloads.html

Here is a list of the scales:
http://www.huygens-fokker.org/docs/scalesdir.txt

One might argue all scales are musically important and not just the 12 tone.

And yes, Scala is way overkill.

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Post by ear ear » Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:43 am

Good effort! :tu:
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Post by Refund » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:18 am

Jaspo wrote:Scala is a cross platform program for displaying scales. Been around forever.
http://www.huygens-fokker.org/scala/
AWESOME.
Jaspo wrote:One might argue all scales are musically important and not just the 12 tone.
And yes, Scala is way overkill.
yeah I stayed away from anything where it was just someone making their own system to explore all the mathematical possibilities of possible scales (many of the ones I can see in scala are just that, not a long held tradition of a well played scales but rather a system for exploring the further reaches of scale-dom)

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Post by Refund » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:51 am

flo wrote:
Refund wrote:I could also mathematically derive all possible missing scales but [...]
Please do that just for the fun of it! :yay:
finding all the chord relationships would be a nightmare but here are all the diatonic scale possibilities (46, then x12 for each key = 552 unique scales x seven modes each = 3864 ways to play/harmonize within all of these unique scales)

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Post by flo » Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:57 am

That's a lot of different scales :tu: Thanks!

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Re: A PDF of every musically useful scale/mode

Post by nbirnel » Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:06 am

Thanks for the hard work! Is a download of the acutal file available? I can't use an .exe on a Linux box, and won't on a Windows box.

Source would be cool, too.

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Post by Refund » Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:53 pm

it's a pdf file so you shouldn't need to use an .exe to view the file.

but here is the source .ods spreadsheet file (minus the contents page and plus some useless working pages)

http://www.sendspace.com/file/zfuks2

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Post by nbirnel » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:16 am

Refund wrote:it's a pdf file so you shouldn't need to use an .exe to view the file.

but here is the source .ods spreadsheet file (minus the contents page and plus some useless working pages)

http://www.sendspace.com/file/zfuks2
Thanks! I was missing the link for the actual file on that page. Sorry for the noise.

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