@Regran_ed from @productionmusiclive - So many of you have commented, that it would be really helpful, if our posts had sound snippets.
That´s why we included not only the sound for the scale, but also built a cool little chord progression and a rhythmically interesting melody, to give you some more inspiration, how todays scale can be used. Is this scale working for you?
As always, you find the FREE MIDIs to this and all other posts in the BIO and today’s STORY!
The Iwato scale is one of many Japanese scales (also check yesterday’s Miyako-Bushi Scale or one of our all time favs the Hirajoshi Scale) that always offer a very open feel, but with a dark twist.
This one in particular is perfectly suited for mesmerizing electronic music to get lost in. The repetitiveness without being boring is key here.
Iwato Scale in C
There are 2 different variants of this scale, that differ just in 1 note.
Version A: C - Db - F - Gb - Bb - C
Version B: C - Db - F - Ab - Bb - C
Both are very inspiring to get jamming right away. We used the second one in today’s post.
Tip 1: build triads first
Try stacking up scale notes until you like the chord. Give it a bass note. Change the bass note 1 or 2 times and see how the feel of the whole chord changes.
We built the following triads:
C - Db - Ab
C - Db - F
C - Db - Ab
Db - F - Bb
Which were accompanied by these bass notes: F - Bb - Db - Bb
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Tip 2: the melody will fit
If you stick to scale notes in your progression and your melody, they will blend together nicely. Of course there are nuances and you can not choose every combination, but you will have a very good starting point for your own composition.
Link to free MIDI in story and bio.
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