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!