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a major one? smoke on the water was based on monks chanting i think also
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a major one? smoke on the water was based on monks chanting i think also


I think Smoke on the Water was based on the minor blues scale, the riff anyway.
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"Smoke On The Water" is in G minor. It's certainly not major.


Something makes me think that it is the wholetone scale, though I don't remember the music and may be confusing it with something else.
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Usually modal. Gregorian chants and pre-baroque music had strict rules composers had to follow, which if they didn't the catholic music police would excommunicate them. By memory, they werent allowed to aproach a leading tone from underneath, they werent allowed any form of tritone or b2 interval, chord progressions had their own rules (i cant remember them) and something about how long motifs could be (I think it was 1 and a half bars in 3:4 timing). I dunno, I could be wrong but I'm reading a book about it.

BTW, the holy scale is the pentatonic scale. Its ultimately consonant, consists of five notes (like every other holy thing) and has been used in all civilizations (except arabic).