Monday, June 11, 2007

Scale of the Day: F Ionian no 5


The intervallic content of the F Ionian no 5 Scale. As with most subtractive scales - and subtractive Ionian (a.k.a. "Major") scales in particular - the harmonic focus becomes the wide intervals that open up in the absence of the member pitch subtracted. Removing the fifth degree from the standard, equal tempered major scale has surprisingly little impact on the overall tonal gravity of this scale - other than taking away the root of the dominant V. Even so, the half-diminished harmonies of the seventh degree fill in nicely as a substitute.

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