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Play with the scales
I reconmend to get the mood of the scales, play around with drone music (India shruti or tambura). I searched the web to get a shruti box software and found at wikipedia:
this link to a software (Windows), which is probably free:
It is a quite easy to use:
Select a base tone (C-B) and the sort of tambura (there are only 2 in this programm: Sa Pa [T,D] or Sa Ma [T,SD], description is also here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tambura ) and press play. Your computer now acts as Shruti box and you can play along (with your favorite instrument) with one of the scales. It’s quite nice to use a instrument where you can get the 1/4 tone steps (ex.: bends on guitar to have the possibility to bend in the tones of the selected raga or scale)
Here are all scales in every key and the tabulatures for guitar. This is work in prgress but yet usefull. Take a look
Over 140000 Mappings from Triads (maj, min, aug, dim) to Scales hat include them
This is work in progress. So even if most of the mappings seem to be right, there may be mistakes. The database is just too big for me to check every dataset.
So please let me know if you find something wrong.
Most recent Stuff:
- One big page with links to all theoretical possible scales sorted by number of tones
- One page with links to all named scales – recommended
- The scales 100 per page
- You can download all scales as pngs here: scalespngs.zip (10 MB)
- All named scales in txt format, but with nearly every starting tone
- Some more structuring of the scales will follow …
But you won’t even need the scales, simply play around with the combinatorical principle (ex.: select 5, 6 or 7 tones of 12 possible and play no others. 4, 8, 9 … is also an alternative)
Howto make the scales pngs wit Ruby and Lilypond
Links to other Resources
- Jean-Pierre Poulins great french site with a lot of music stuff Explore it! Quite a lot of interessting things!
... will be continued