#1
Hi there,

Could anyone tell me the actual name for this Scale?

e 8 9
B 8 9 11
G 9 10
D 8 10 11
A 7 8 10 11
E 8 9

The notes are:

C C# E F G G# A#

It's named simply "Spanish Scale" in a book I have, but I wondered if it had a more specific name?

Cheers
Tom
#3
Quote by blue_strat
C Phrygian Dominant

C Db E F G Ab Bb
This. Make sure you don't double up note names. In heptatonic scales you want to try to use one of each note.
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#4
It could also be F Harmonic Minor

F G G# A# C C# E
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#5
Quote by TMF128
It could also be F Harmonic Minor

F G Ab Bb C Db E
If F was the root, then yes. Oh, and fixed.
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#8
Quote by blue_strat
C Phrygian Dominant

C Db E F G Ab Bb

thats ur answer right there, and thats a mode of the harmonic scale. specifically, its the 5th mode of F harmonic minor. it does have a spanish flavor, and a major quality (the 3 isn't flat), where the harmonic minor (in its 1st mode) has a classical/middle eastern flavor and obviously is minor (b3, and its in the name)
#9
Quote by Chomalom
Is there a particular reason why Db is used as a preference over C#?

Because when using scales that contain 7 notes, you want to try and use every letter, rather then doubling up one. Tell me, which one looks better?

D E F# G A B C# D

or

D E Gb G A B Db D

Also, it makes sheet music a bit easier, You can have one accidental for each letter in the key signature, then you don't have to worry about random accidentals throughout the piece *assuming theres nothing altered*, so if you wanted to go C# to D, you dont have to change anything on the piece, but if you had Db D, you'd need to add a natural sign *if the D was normally flat* or have to flatten the D, then alter it back to D natural.
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Last edited by Zinnie at Jul 23, 2010,
#10
This can be played in any key....in C it is the interval between the C# (Db) and E that gives it the flavor. Emphasize this interval whan when striking individual notes in a run. in the key of E you can sound instantly like an accomplished Spanish guitarist.
#12
Quote by Chomalom
Ahh makes sense, thanks guys!

Anytime my friend
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