Monday, February 05, 2007

Scale of the Day: F Lydian minor 2, no 5


The F Lydian minor 2, no 5 Scale as one would find it on any conventionally tuned, equal tempered instrument. The minor 2 opens up an augmented second between the second and third scale degree. And the missing 5 leaves a minor third between the augmented fourth and major sixth. In an equal tempered environment, the augmented second and minor third are both exactly 300 cents wide - opening up a harmonic ambiguity well worth exploring. Also, the minor second and major seventh both have a strong gravitational pull toward the tonic that reinforces a sense of resolution despite the lack of a perfect fifth to reinforce the root triad.

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