Wrong Classification of scales

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Wrong Classification of scales

Post by caters » 10 Mar 2014, 23:28

This site has lots of scales and they are right about the notes in the scales but are wrong about their classifications.

Here is the site:

They consider monotonic or 1 note scales which are just scales of octaves to be ditonic

They consider ditonic or 2 note scales to be tritonic scales

They consider tritonic scales to be tetratonic scales

they consider tetratonic to be pentatonic

and so on all they way up to considering chromatic or 12 note scales to be 13 note scales which are impossible on the piano unless you have a piano that plays quarter tones which do exist but are very expensive.

That is all because they consider the octave note as being different from the starting note when it isn't.

So If you ever go to this site and you see octatonic, use your common sense and the notes to tell that it is actually heptatonic. and do that same things for every kind of scale on that site.

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Re: Wrong Classification of scales

Post by Jason » 16 Mar 2014, 23:38

So what do you want us to do about that?

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Re: Wrong Classification of scales

Post by Colin Nicholson » 20 Mar 2014, 07:46

probably best you contact "they" .... if 'they' are the ones who wrote it.....
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Wrong Classification of scales

Post by MariVew » 27 Aug 2018, 15:20

Found an old book in Oxfam today - Paxton's Scales and Arpeggios for Viola.
Can anyone tell me why it is specific to the Viola?


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Re: Wrong Classification of scales

Post by Feg » 27 Aug 2018, 17:10

Scales for the viola are written within the range or compass of the instrument and marked bowing and fingering will be specific to the viola.

I have books of scales and arpeggios for piano, violin, flute, descant and treble recorders :D


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