Got stuff done plus a neat new scale mode

Nearing the bottom of the fourth page. A busy two weeks coming up (particularly next week), so I don’t know what will happen now, but it’s looking okay from here.

I think I’d like to finish one more piece and replace one very old one that I wrote that really doesn’t deserve to be on a compilation at all — although it might make a decent sort of bonus thing.

I’d also like to mess around with a scale that I became enamored of when I was piffling around on the Rodgers on Friday-ish, a natural minor with a major third. It’s not a diatonic key signature; it’s missing the second flat in all cases, I think. So not quite diatonic, but not too bad. And I’m fairly sure that one or two key sigs a fifth up and down from A are mixed signatures, with one flat and one sharp, or something. I need to work them out.

Let’s see, I know that D in this funky scale is mixed — an F# and a Bb. E is probably what … F# and G#. Okay. So at least D is a mixed key signature. The other ones are probably just missing a flat.

Anyhow, it should be fun to mess with it and see what happens. The chords you get from it are really cool: a Major, two diminished, two minors, an augmented, and another Major. So kind of cool. A neat new set of toys to play with. 🙂

ETA: I need to write out the key sigs of this weird natural minor/mixolydian hybrid. It’s becoming very weird in my head as I work it out.

ETA2: You know what, that key sig isn’t missing the second flat. It’s missing the second flat from the end — the penultimate flat. Here’s the signatures:

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(BTW, I created this starting with the image found here.)

Obviously not diatonic as there isn’t a single transposition of it that’s all white keys, and the half-steps aren’t maximally distant. Sometimes I just get off on saying this junk out loud. 🙂

So you start with A natural minor, and add a sharp. Add a sharp to each minor key signature (or remove the penultimate flat), starting with C# (that would have been there had it been major) and then adding them in the normal order.

Another way to think about it is that it’s Mixolydian, plus a flat, starting at D Mixo and adding them in the normal order from Bb.

I think I’ll do it in C just to keep from getting totally turned around.

I hope I can make some neat music with this. It looks cool and it’s fun, and I had some fun finding pretty things in it on the Rodgers, but if I can only write stinky music in it, it won’t be worthwhile. There isn’t something cool hiding under every rock, after all.

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