Sunday, January 07, 2007
Scale of the Day: E Flat Whole-tone no 2
The E Flat Whole-tone no 2 Scale as one would find it on any conventionally tuned, equal tempered instrument. This is the first pentatonic scale in the particular sequence of scales that I'm working through. Which I find odd since I find pentatonic scales so interesting to work with compositionally. This particular scale is a whole-tone minus the second scale degree. So it is a pentatonic by subtraction. And like the whole-tone scale it is a "soft" scale with no dissonance stronger than the "tritone" or major second/minor seventh. To my ears, those 'dissonances' don't exactly offset the strong consonance of the major thirds/minor sixths. But the gap opened up by eliminating the second degree gives a noticeable cluster leading up to the tonic.