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Created my own original functioning scale.

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by AlphaMale, Mar 12, 2009.


  1. AlphaMale

    AlphaMale

    Oct 30, 2006
    Ventura County
    I call it the Douglas scale after me, or the augmented second scale. Its a nice scale with a good amount of dissonance. Functions pretty well for harmony too.



    http://www.filedropper.com/douglasscale

    Here is a midi of it being played.

    First is the scale up and down.

    Second is stacked triads for each scale degree.

    Then Stacked triads plus their 7ths.

    Then a I IV V Then a ii V I (and yes I know the letters don't match the chords but i was referring to the root notes)

    And finally is going through chords of the cycle of fifths.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. cowsgomoo

    cowsgomoo gone to Longstanton Spice Museum

    Feb 8, 2003
    UK
    what are the intervals of the Douglas Scale??
     
  3. It sounds good, but what makes it original? As far as I know, every possible combination of notes in the Western 12 tone scale has been used before.
     
  4. HaVIC5

    HaVIC5

    Aug 22, 2003
    Brooklyn, NYC
    Yeah, I can't listen right now. What are the intervals?
     
  5. onlyclave

    onlyclave

    Oct 28, 2005
    Seattle
    do ra mi fa sol le te do
     
  6. mambo4

    mambo4

    Jun 9, 2006
    Dallas
    That doesn't look right to me.
    The scale , in midi, looks like
    1 #2 3 #4 5 6 7

    but i think , started on the 3, it's the harmonic minor, which makes it the 6th mode.
     
  7. intervals please
     
  8. so am i free to use this scale or you'd sure me?:eek:
     
  9. HaVIC5

    HaVIC5

    Aug 22, 2003
    Brooklyn, NYC
    Whether it be onlyclave's or mambo4's scale it's definitely not new or original, it's just a displacement of the harmonic minor. Onlyclave's is mixo b9 b13, and mambo's is lydian #9. Both are cool sounds though.
     
  10. Correct ;)
     
  11. AlphaMale

    AlphaMale

    Oct 30, 2006
    Ventura County
    Yeah it is a mode of the harmonic minor.

    But I like it a lot and will start using it.
    So maybe it isn't original then as a scale, but this mode functions really well.



    D E# F# G# A B C# D

    E sharp (Keeping the diatonic letter)


    Chords are

    D major
    E# minor flat 5
    F# minor
    G# minor flat 5
    A Augmented
    B Minor
    C# Major
    D major

    Do Ri Mi Fi So La Ti Do

    And I could not find an Augmented Second Scale on Google. And on guitar pro i did a scale search and nothing was 100% close.
     
  12. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    How exciting. F# harmonic minor. Send an email to J. S. Bach, oh, wait...he has proly already tried it out. :rollno:
     
  13. EADG mx

    EADG mx

    Jul 4, 2005
    Alert the Middle East, and pass it on to the jazz world as well.
     
  14. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Will do. :bag:

    You tell Bach, just to make sure.
     
  15. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Don't forget to warn Ockegum, Josquin, Byrd, Palestrina, and all the renaissance trans-alpina infidel polyphonic mafia, too. They are gonna be pissed. So many harmonies they could have used if only they had just taken a few hundred years to understand the modes!!! Wait, they might have. Oh. Yeah. :eek:
     
  16. EADG mx

    EADG mx

    Jul 4, 2005
    I personally think it's about time for a plainchant revival.
     
  17. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Yes, but why so soon? We just had one in 1990. Isn't once every 1000 years about right? :eek:
     
  18. John Coletrane's "bible"

    Slonimsky's Thesaurus of Scales and Modes

    own it (with taste) and you will be a musical diety :)

    Peace Capt.K.
     
  19. cowsgomoo

    cowsgomoo gone to Longstanton Spice Museum

    Feb 8, 2003
    UK
    let's give the guy a break - it's amazing how you 'invent' stuff when you're learning

    I personally (and this is no lie) 'invented' the 12 bar blues and the pentatonic minor when I first started playing... you come up with something that sounds good to your ear and think you've made an amazing discovery.... oops
     
  20. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    You are right. My dopey wisecrack about Ockeghem was needlessly ornate AND I misspelled his name. Sorry. :cool:
     

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