The Architecture of Music


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Transcribing Musical Scales using Interval Diagrams

The Architecture of Music Suspended Pentatonic Scale Interval Diagram 1 by Greg Aranda, Architect

Scales are the blueprint for writing music. They are comprised of formulas that describe interval diagrams exactly like chords. Chords represent formulas in which all the notes are played simultaneously or are arpeggiated and in general, have fewer than five notes. Scales typically contain five or more notes and all the notes are typically played as progressions or not all at once. The key note, similar to the bass note in chords, tells which note to begin the scale's formula from. Scale formulas can be descibed in a few different ways. They can be described using the Whole-Step/Half-Step (W/H) Method (Suspended Pentatonic = W, W+H, W, W+H, W). They can also be described digitally using 1's and 0's as well (Suspended Pentatonic = 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1).