Extreme Range Scales


The Extreme Range Scales of the clarinet are not much fun to play or listen to.. but necessary.. Practice them slowly..
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Extreme Range Scales   Well, this is one of the last things we really want to do it play the extreme high notes on the clarinet.

In music theory, a scale is any set of musical notes ordered by fundamental frequency or pitch. A scale ordered by increasing pitch is an ascending scale, and a scale ordered by decreasing pitch is a descending scale.
What are scales in Western music?
The most common scales in Western music contain seven pitches and are thus called “heptatonic” (meaning “seven tones”). Other scales have fewer notes—five-note “pentatonic” scales are quite common in popular music. There’s even a scale that uses all 12 pitches: it’s called the “chromatic” scale.

Just a few of the scales in western music…
Major (seven notes) Formula: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8
Ionian or Major scale  Formula: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 (Cmaj7)
*Minors use the key signatures of the relative Major
*Natural minor (seven notes) Formula: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8
*Harmonic minor (seven notes) Formula: 1-2-3-4-5-6-+7-8
*Melodic minor (seven notes) Formula: 1-2-3-4-5-+6-+7-8 up and natural minor down
*JAZZ melodic minor (seven notes) 1-2-3-4-5-+6-+7-8 up and down
Chromatic scale (twelve notes) all half steps
Whole-tone scale (six notes)
Pentatonic scale (five notes)
Octatonic or diminished scales (eight notes)
Ionian or Major scale  Formula: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 (Cmaj7
Dorian Minor scale   Formula: 1-2-b3-4-5-6-b7-8 (Dmin7
Phrygian Minor scale  Formula: 1-b2-b3-4-5-b6-b7-8 (Emin7 or G7(b9)sus)
Lydian Major  Formula: 1-2-3-#4-5-6-7-8 (Fmaj7 or Cmaj7#11)
Mixolydian or Dominant Scale  Formula: 1-2-3-4-5-6-b7-8 (G7)
Aeolian or Natural Minor   Formula: 1-2-b3-4-5-b6-b7-8 (Amin7)
Locrian or Half Diminished  Formula: 1-b2-b3-4-b5-b6-b7-8 (Bmin7b5)
Locrian #2  Formula: 1-2-b3-4-b5-b6-b7-8 (Bmin7b5)
Half-Whole Diminished or Dominant Diminished  Formula: 1-b2-b3-3-#4-5-6-b7-8 (C13b9)
Whole-Half Diminished  Formula: 1-2-b3-4-#4-#5-6-7-8 (Cdim7)
Altered Scale  Formula: 1-b2-b3-3-#4-b6-b7-8 [C7(#9b13) or C7alt, C7(#9b13) or C7alt]
Whole-Tone Scale  Formula: 1-2-3-#4-b6-b7-8 (C7b13)
Minor Pentatonic and Blues Scale  Formula: 1-b3-4-b5-5-b7-8 (for Blues Scale add #4)
Blues Scale: Formula: 1-b3-4-+4-5-b7
Lydian Dominant  Formula: 1-2-3-#4-5-6-b7-8 (C7#11)
Major Bebop  Formula: 8-7-6-b6-5-4-3-2-1 (Cmaj7) Added passing tone between 5-6
Minor Bebop     Formula: 8-7-b7-6-5-4-b3-2-1 (Cmin7)
Mixolydian Bebop     Formula: 8-7-b7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (G7)

Extreme Range Scales can be fun…. or maybe not!