## Thoughts on Music

**THE MAJOR AND MINOR SCALES**

A scale could be defined as any successive series of tones that encompass an octave. The 8 note major and minor scales are a western concept. In other cultures there are 5 note scales (i.e., 5 notes from C to the C an octave above), 7 note scales, 12 note scales, 31 note scales, 24 note scales, etc.

The scale we use today is called an **equal tempered scale**. It didn’t come about until the 18^{th} C. (well, okay, there were theorists who advocating for it in the 1600’s) and wasn’t the standard until the 19^{th} C. The scale is tuned so that every interval of the scale is equal. For example, all the half steps are the same distance: the “distance” from E-F is the exact same distance as that from C#-D which is the exact same distance as that from A-Bb, etc. Also, the distance from C-F (a perfect 4^{th}) is the exact same distance as that from (B-E), etc. for all intervals. Continued here: Why not WWWWW?