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Synthetic Scales - Part XV

Over the last month we have looked at the modes derived from the Neapolitan and Hungarian scales. These gave us some very interesting scales. Now we are going to turn our attention to the modes created from some of the more unusual scales, this week The Persian Scale!! The names of some of these modes are very debatable but the scales themselves lead to some very interesting chromatic runs!!


This new scale is called the Ionian #2 #6 scale and is a mode. It is the 2nd mode of the Persian Scale.

If we continue this exercise (starting from each note) we can complete the following table for all the modes of the Persian Scale:


So there you have it, all 7 modes of the Persian Scale, and you can play them in any key, just start on the note you want and play the correct intervals!!

As always, have a go at playing the scales yourself, it always helps to get the sounds of each in your head and your fingers!!

Until next week, have fun!!



-Duncan Richardson - MU Columnist


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