Base scales

Inner structures of the base scales

 

Inner structure of the basic scales

Inversed inner structure of the basic scales 

 

Inner structure of the basic scales

 

Again, let's take a glance at these important scale structures. One-string scales is the way I'll describe them now because that's how you can perfectly see the inner structure of each basic scale.

 

Major

2 full steps - 1 half step - 3 full steps - 1 half step

 

Dorian

1 full step - 1 half step - 3 full steps - 1 half step - 1 full step

 

Phrygian

1 half step - 3 full steps - 1 half step - 2 full steps

 

Lydian

3 full steps - 1 half step - 2 full steps - 1 half step

 

Mixolydian

2 full steps - 1 half step - 2 full steps - 1 half step - 1 full step

 

Minor

1 full step - 1 half step - 2 full steps - 1 half step - 1 full step

 

Locrian

1 half step - 2 full steps - 1 half step - 3 full steps 

 

In the Basic scales - F.A.Q section you will find further explanations on this subject.

 

Inversed inner structure of the basic scales

 

It once occurred that one of my students showed interest in learning the inner structures in an inverse way, which I then considered a very unique however not so important idea. The Ancient Greek musicians also employed the idea of inversed structures, i.e. they defined each scales and the corresponding notes pitch wise not upwards but downwards (more on this see section The origin of basic scales). Hence reversed basic scales prove to be useful after all. You will find helpful information on this in section Basic scales on one string. OSIRE will also be useful for modeling these scales.

 

So here's what you should know about inversed basic scales:

 

The inverse of Major scale is Phrygian scale.

Explanation: the structure of Major scale is 2 full steps - 1 half step - 3 full steps - 1 half step, the inverse of which is 1 half step - 3 full steps - 1 half step - 2 full steps (Phrygian scale)

 

 

The Dorian is identical to its inverse, as having a symmetrical inner structure

 

The inverse of Phrygian is Major

 

The inverse of Lydian is Locrian

 

The inverse of Locrian is Lydian

 

The inverse Mixolydian is Minor

 

The inverse of Minor is Mixolydian

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