16-tone 7-note Harmonic Minor and 9-note Super-Diatonic / Super-Ionian 222122221 9-string guitar





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Published on Dec 26, 2010

Microtonal guitars: http://www.metatonalmusic.com Microtonal scale charts for guitar: http://therealronsword.blogspot.com This video shows how there is shared pitch-space between the index and ring fingers of the standard harmonic minor scale, and the 9-note Superdiatonic scale of 16-tone. the standard major/ionian scale in 12-tone standard music is 2212221, the 16-tone supermajor/super-ionian is 222122221. This is probably the first video of this on the internet as this is a "Microtonal Guitar".
I have added another video showing 16's diatonic on all 9 strings.
Super-diatonic fits with the harmonic minor, making it perfect for an outside sound that fits right under your hands. A great novel musical fact about 16-tone is that minor thirds are divided in 1/2 instead of the major thirds- and the Major thirds are closer to a 5/4 ratio meaning- they sound more in tune and pleasant to the ear (note that this interval is NOT present in this video). The 16-tone tempered cycle of fifths is minor in nature instead of major like we are used to in classical music. This is because in classical music 4 perfect fifths stacked landed the player on a major third. In 16-tone 4 tempered fifths land you on a minor third, and squishes the whole tones to a minor effect. This temperament is called Mavila. Something extremely cool about this scale is- it reverses the major and minor triads of the traditional diatonic scale as well. This is basically the "enantiodromia" of the western musical scale. So if it sounds wacky, there you go...... ha

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