Relative Aeolian Ragas

author: DiabolusMusica5 date: 07/18/2011 category: scales
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First things first, the basic type of raga that this article will teach you to use in the minor tonality is that with five tones (so I guess that in that sense, you could call them "penta-tonic") But as you will discover, they sound very different from western pentatonics due to the intervals that they involve. They are a Root, Minor 2nd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, and Minor 6th. The following is a multi-transposed legato lick that uses all five members of the Raga, that helps me keep track of what ragas are relative (Diatonic) to whatever minor tonality I might be playing in. Note: These are all the same lick but transposed to fit into any minor key, each of these begins on "do" or what you would call the "tonal center" of the Raga. Also Note: The pattern that can be seen quite easily in each of these is that the relative Raga to any minor key is the Raga built on the 5th of that minor key. (Technically speaking, you are therefore "playing in key", but you have crossed over tonal centers) I like to play these as 16th note triplets w/Alt picking but thats just me, these are merely meant to provide the reader with musical sounding exercises where-in all 5 tones of each Raga are being used.
           A Minor                       E Minor      
e|------5h7p5-8p5-7h8p7p5|---------12h14p12-15p12-14h15p14p12-|
B|-5h6p5-----------------|-12h13p12---------------------------|
G|-----------------------|------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------|------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------|------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------|------------------------------------|
 
          B Minor                        F# Minor
e|------7h9p7-10p7-9h10p9p7-|---------14h16p14-17p14-16h17p16p14-|
B|-7h8p7--------------------|-14h15p14---------------------------|
G|--------------------------|------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------|------------------------------------|
 
        C# Minor                         G# minor
e|--------9h11p9-12p9-11h12p11p9-|------4h6p4-7p4-6h7p6p4-|
B|-9h10p9------------------------|-4h5p4------------------|
G|-------------------------------|------------------------|
D|-------------------------------|------------------------|
A|-------------------------------|------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|------------------------|
 
             D# Minor                          A# Minor
e|---------11h13p11-14p11-13h14p13p11-|------6h8p6-9p6-8h9p8p6-|
B|-11h12p11---------------------------|-6h7p6------------------|
G|------------------------------------|------------------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------|
 
             D Minor                          G Minor
e|---------10h12p10-13p10-12h13p12p10-|------3h5p3-6p3-5h6p5p3-|
B|-10h11p10---------------------------|-3h4p3------------------|
G|------------------------------------|------------------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------|
 
           C Minor                         F Minor
e|------8h10p8-11p8-10h11p10p8-|---------13h15p13-16p13-15h16p15p13-|
B|-8h9p8-----------------------|-13h14p13---------------------------|
G|-----------------------------|------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|------------------------------------|
         Bb Minor                            Eb Minor 
e|------6h8p6-9p6-8h9p8p6-|---------11h13p11-14p11-13h14p13p11-|
B|-6h7p6------------------|-11h12p12---------------------------|
G|------------------------|------------------------------------|
D|------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------|------------------------------------|
 
      Ab Minor
e|------4h6p4-7p4-6h7p6p4-|
B|-4h5p4------------------|
G|------------------------|
D|------------------------|
A|------------------------|
E|------------------------|
-Nicholas Jacquet
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