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post Sep 5 2012, 11:23 PM
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Now that I got your attention, lets talk tongue.gif

I discovered a scale while practicing harmonic minor which turned out as the byzantine scale, ever since I've been "hearing things". (Ben liked this phrase a lot laugh.gif) I made a few licks, constructed some melodies here and there and want to make a song out of them but since this scale is quite weird I need some help on theoretical basis. I'm always fascinated by classical turkish music which uses "makam"s instead of scales, speaking of which the byzantine scale is veeeery resemblant to the feel of one of the turkish makams which I can't name it, yet.

First and most important thing is, "harmonizing". I remember vaguely how major/minor series are harmonized but I can't come up with something in this case. In general, how do we harmonize exotic scales?

Something I noticed about this scale, bending does not blend in well unless you go in for a note and come back without any shenanigans, in my opinion in this manner this scale is absolutely the opposite of the pentatonic scale. This is consistent with the fact that most of the eastern instruments are fretless so bending and vibrato techniques are replaced with something more appropriate, or my ear is so used to it I can't think of a way around. What do you think?

Do you know any music done in this scale? Anything done by yourself?

I understand this stuff might get you involved with eastern music if you've not already done so. I guarantee you this is actually music and have nothing to do with crap called atonal system we've spoken earliler (god even mentioning it gives me shivers down my spine).

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post Sep 6 2012, 08:04 AM
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Hello Cem! Well, my friend, this could be a boost to get me started on something which I wanted to take care of long ago smile.gif

There is this band called 'Laco Tayfa' playing a sort of Turkish funk-fusion mixed with traditional music. Here are my favorite songs:

You might know them, right? biggrin.gif

Well, I guess that a lot of the scales you mentioned can be found here and I think that understanding the harmonies and the correlation between them and the melodies would be a good starting point.

If we knew the scales, we would then derive their harmonizing smile.gif Every scale is harmonized by building chords using only the notes belonging to that scale - starting with triads is easier. Now I haven't tried to harmonize exotic scales, but I'm always up for it tongue.gif Could do a v-chat on this actually!

What do you think?


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