Monday, May 28, 2007

Scale of the Day: D Sharp Locrian major 2 no 4

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The D Sharp Locrian major 2 no 4 Scale as one would find it on any conventionally tuned, equal tempered instrument. The omitted fourth degree combined with the diminished fifth opens up a nice ambiguity with the enharmonic equivalence of equal temperament. The ear will puzzle over whether it is hearing an augmented fourth or a diminished fifth. The minor sixth is also suggestive of an augmented fifth degree as the lack of a perfect fifth has always been one of the more interesting, and challenging, features of the Locrian scale.

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