Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting/Modulation of exotic scales

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QUESTION: Hi,

Could you suggest how one might modulate in exotic keys such as Persian, Hungarian gypsy, etc?

For example, chain modulation in 'normal' scales is straightforward enough - go up or down in fifths or fourths and you change only one scale degree each time.  But what about keys where there is no perfect fifth scale degree, for example the Arabian scale (enharmonic with the diminished scale)?

Imagine one were to chain modulate from a minor key to the arabian scale (on the same tonic).  How could one go about this the 'right' way according to different schools of thought (common practice harmony,jazz) etc?

Or in the case of a key with only 6 scale degrees, such as the japanese scale?

Thanks,
Dale.

ANSWER: Hello Dale and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com.

There are 12 standard keys. If you are referring to "exotic scales" then you may find this chart helpful:

http://www.apassion4jazz.net/jazz-chords-scales.html


Also, here is a chart of commonly used scales, including exotics:

http://www.apassion4jazz.net/scales2.html



Thanks for the interest,

D C DowDell
Professor of Music
A Passion for Jazz!
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http://www.apassion4jazz.net

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QUESTION: Thanks, but you havent addressed the question at all, and those links don't either.

Theres nothing on those web pages about chain modulation, or any kind of key modulation, or reharmonisation, or anything specific which informs my answer.

Please could take a look at the question again?  I would like to know about approaches that can be used to modulate / reharmonize scales, particularly exotic scales where there are fewer or more than 7 scale degrees.

Thanks,
Dale.

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Hello Dale and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com.

Learn to use the charts. Find your tone centers where the progression is pointing, then find that tone center on this chart. There are a number of scales then that can be used to reharmonize. When moving to a new tone center, repeat this process.

http://www.apassion4jazz.net/jazz-chords-scales.html


Also, here is a chart of commonly used scales, including exotics:

http://www.apassion4jazz.net/scales2.html



Thanks for the interest,

D C DowDell
Professor of Music
A Passion for Jazz!
studio: (619) 855-2069
http://www.apassion4jazz.net

Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/APassion4Jazz

Subscribe to our videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/ap4j

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D C DowDell will answer questions about Jazz improvisation, composition, chord voicing, scales and modes, practice techniques and ear training. Professor DowDell also enjoys discussions on Jazz musicology and the evolution of style.

D C DowDell is a professional Jazz pianist/composer who currently teaches online Jazz studies at A Passion for Jazz!. Professor DowDell has been teaching music for over 30 years at 2 major universities, several community colleges as well as accepting students for private study.

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