#1
When you are making a song can you use multiple scales in one key? or do they have to be in different keys?

Example: Play A minor Pent, A Natural minor, and A Harmonic in one song or Do you have to play it A minor Pent, b Natural minor, and C Harmonic?
#2
you can do whatever want that sounds good to you. there's no "have to" anything in music.

that said - A minor Pent, A Natural minor, and A Harmonic are all closely related so there's no problem using them in the same song - -though harmonic minor might not fit in all situations

Do you have to play it A minor Pent, b Natural minor, and C Harmonic?


that you just pulled out of thin air right?
#3
First off; A min pent and A natural minor are in a different key than A harmonic minor. Secondly, A min pent, b natural minor and c harmonic minor are in completely different keys as well.

To answer your question though; yes it's possible to play multiple scales in one key. In C major for example, the most common scales would be C major (pent) and A min (pent). And of course the Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian and Locrian scale. However, you will have to keep in account that you can't just play any scale you like, you will need to look at the tonal center and chord progression to feel and know what scale/mode will be appropriate.
#4
However, you will have to keep in account that you can't just play any scale you like, you will need to look at the tonal center and chord progression to feel and know what scale/mode will be appropriate.


ignore that - you CAN play any scale you want at anytime. It might not sound "appropriate" to some people but that's not important.
#5
Quote by Aetius
First off; A min pent and A natural minor are in a different key than A harmonic minor.


they all are in the key of A minor actually.

to the TS: pentatonic scales are just major scales without 2 of their notes. the 4th and the 7th.

and the harmonic minor is just a scale with a sharp 7th. you can perfectly use both the minor 7th and the major 7th, without 'going off'. many guys do that.
Last edited by RCalisto at Sep 20, 2008,
#6
Quote by RCalisto
they all are in the key of A minor actually.

to the TS: pentatonic scales are just major scales without 2 of their notes. the 4th and the 7th.

and the harmonic minor is just a scale with a sharp 7th. you can perfectly use both the minor 7th and the major 7th, without 'going off'. many guys do that.



Pentatonic scales have their 4ths (subdominant) in them, they lack the supertonic (2nd) aswell as the leading note (7th)

As for harmoinc minor, it is the leading note 7th which is raised leading to the tonic (root note) to create tension wiinign the scale, it is possible to have the 7th not raised within harmonic minor when it isnt leading to the tonic (root note)

To the other post that mentioned Phrygian locrian dorian etc, those 'scales' are typically known as modes
#7
pentatonic major scales don't have the 4th and the 7th degree.
pentatonic minor scales don't have the 2nd and 6th degree