As you may know, I am writing a collection of short instrumental sketches inspired by the feelings I get from different musical scales.
C major scale
That is, in its simplicity, the scale we all learn as kids:
At my ears it calls for simple and serene melodies. I decided to explore it from different point of views: that of the mind and that of the body
The C major scales can be the stuff of dreams, at least the serene and simple ones. This is the melody I came up with (here played on the piano, with chords):
I thought the perfect dress for this simple dream should be completely acoustic, with piano, strings and flute. That’s how Simple Dreams came to be:
The C major scale is the perfect one to dance to (with a smile on your face). Hear this simple melody based on the descending C major scale:
A caribbean mood, a flute and a trumpet playing a game of “call and response” transformed this little melody in Serenidad:
Now let’s try a little joke by spicing the C major scale with a “blue note”. This idea came from the always inspiring method of improvisation “Create First” by Forrest Kinney. If you add a lowered third you get this mischievious 8-note scale:
Here’s a melody I wrote with this hybrid scale, continuously drifting between a major and a minor mood:
I gave the melody to a fiddle (to be honest, I imagined it played by a violin from the start) with the accompaniment of a small “speakeasy” jazz band. The result is “Easy Goin’”:
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