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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Two Kinds of Exotic Scales

Generally, exotic scales can be of two kinds. The first kind derives from music writers’ attempts to imitate or emulate the native music of faraway places. Famous examples of this are the Hungarian minor mode, otherwise known as the Gypsy scale, often used to suggest an Eastern European atmosphere. (You’ll learn more about the nature of this scale later in this chapter.) Another kind includes the various Japanese pentatonic scales. These are different than the pentatonic scale you are accustomed to because they use semitones. These will also be considered later in this chapter.

The second kind of exotic scale includes those simply invented at one time or another by composers for particular musical purposes. A good example ...

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