Pyramid scales in detail


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I have not seen detailed information about Pyramid scales anywhere, so decided to make this topic, in particular for those who don’t have Pyramid yet.

so, as for OS 3.2, Pyramid scales are:

major scale      C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C
minor scale      C  D  Eb F  G  Ab Bb C 
harmonic minor   C  D  Eb F  G  Ab B  C 

minor blues      C  Eb    F  F# G  Bb C 
major blues      C  Eb E     G  A  Bb C
romanian minor   C  D  Eb F# G  A  Bb C

Romanian Minor is the 4th mode of Harmonic Minor.
a.k.a. Dorian #4, Altered Dorian, Ukrainian Dorian, Ukrainian Minor, Misheberekh, Gnossiennes.

tunis scale      C  Db E  F  G  Ab Bb C

5th mode of Harmonic Minor.
probably named mistakenly in Pyramid OS, because this scale pattern is usually called Phrygian Dominant.
a.k.a. Freygish, Phrygian Major, Spanish Romani, Dorico Flamenco

dominant 7th     C  D     F  G  A  Bb C 
spanish scale    C  Db Eb E  F  G  Ab Bb B C

Spanish scale is implemented with a mistake (as for OS v3.2), because it should contain 8 tones, not 9, i.e. should not contain B. (but for me, it’s more like a feature than bug, because due to B presence this scale without two notes can be used as Double Harmonic Major, which is not implemented in Pyramid at the moment.)

gipsy scale      C  D  Eb F# G  Ab B  C

my favorite minor scale — a.k.a. Hungarian Minor and Double Harmonic Minor.
actually it’s the 4th mode of Double Harmonic (Major) a.k.a. Byzantine scale, which, as i said above, is not implemented in Pyramid at the moment.

arabian scale    C  D  E  F  Gb Ab Bb C

a.k.a. Major Locrian

egyptian scale   C  D     F  G     Bb C
hawaiian scale   C  D  Eb F# G        C
japanese scale   C  Db    F  G  Ab    C

minor third      C  Eb    F#    A     C
fourth scale     C        F        Bb C    
fifth scale      C           G        C
octave scale     C                    C

ionian mode      C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C

same as major scale, but named differently. which is correct, but redundant.

dorian mode      C  D  Eb F  G  A  Bb C 
phrygian mode    C  Db Eb F  G  Ab Bb C
lydian mode      C  D  E  F# G  A  B  C
mixolydian mode  C  D  E  F  G  A  Bb C
aeolian mode     C  D  Eb F  G  Ab B  C

same as minor scale, but named differently. which is correct, but redundant.

locrian mode     C  Db Eb F  Gb Ab Bb C
chromatic        (all 12 western tones)