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Old 12th October 2018
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Why Pentatonic Scales are so Popular (Infographic and Blog Post)

Hi all, This week I took my first crack at making an infographic - about pentatonic scales and why they are so prevalent in pop. Since there is only so much that I could fit in an infographic I also added an accompanying blog post. I'd love for you to check it out and I always welcome comments and suggestions.
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Old 13th October 2018
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Pentatonic scales are not as popular as you might think. If there were 6 notes being used, you might say its a pentatonic scale with an added grace or tendency note somewhere in here and there...

Honestly, its the interpretation that is so prevalent or popular - the internet should have allowed more insights into every knowledge - science, art, etc. - but here we are following the same garbage found in dumbed down books in stores throughout the world for the past few decades, focusing on the same interpretations.

How many 3 note scales or 4 note scales are much more prevalent than the pentatonic scale in todays music? Considering those same notes fall into the pentatonic scale, and the music most likely reuses the same patterns and song structures of the past millennia, we can easily describe them under a 5 note system. But they are not pentatonic.

Not sayin people should stop looking at music through the lens of "pentatonic scales," but at least give the relationship between notes, or intervals, some recognition.

If you really want to examine popular music of the past few decades, you should study opera music - music created around the 1700s in Italy for the diva or vocal parts, so that a few notes could sound glorious in whatever scale; the composer wrote around the divas voice to highlight/accentuate their range, best notes, etc.

I don't like opera music - it offers too many opportunities for lazy songwriting, and that gaga sh1t that relies on opera tricks is also garbage. But those tricks please the crowds - in any scale you choose - and there will always be "that person" - YOU - to reiterate some garbage interpretation and mention the "pentatonic scale."

Looking at music in a popular context rather than actually studying the notes leads to ritardation - or the slowing down of all sense and reason. Your contribution doesnt add any knowledge to the musical world, and pushes people to sniff through some trashy material; those "artists" you cited in your blogpost are scum-bucket feeders that aren't even relevant to your argument.
Old 13th October 2018
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Your contribution doesnt add any knowledge to the musical world, and pushes people to sniff through some trashy material; those "artists" you cited in your blogpost are scum-bucket feeders that aren't even relevant to your argument.
He's someone with a PhD in music theory who runs a blog based on the analyzation and theorization of current Top 40 music.

If you're not into the music he's choosing to describe, the post isn't for you. That's what music theory is: a description of the commonalities found within a certain set of music, be it jazz theory, classical theory, blues theory, modern pop theory, etc. "Music theory is frequently concerned with describing how musicians and composers make music, including tuning systems and composition methods among other topics. " - Music theory - Wikipedia

Analyze opera instead, because Lady Gaga? You've kinda missed the point, which is to describe what's happening now. Not to go back and re-study that which may have influenced it.

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Old 13th October 2018
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He's someone with a PhD in music theory who runs a blog based on the analyzation and theorization of current Top 40 music. [...]
Dr. Asaf Peres is so much more than that!!





Old 13th October 2018
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Im obsessed with modes, 7 different colors on all white keys, with the black backups, it seems the piano was made with modes in mind. me likey modes.
Old 13th October 2018
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Good stuff, Asaf.

The approach of applying theory to popular music brings to mind Alan Pollack's analyses of the Beatles' works.
Old 13th October 2018
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Analyze opera instead, because Lady Gaga?
None of his older posts in other threads have this kind of tone. It was Friday night, it was late...
Old 13th October 2018
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Good stuff, Asaf.

The approach of applying theory to popular music brings to mind Alan Pollack's analyses of the Beatles' works.
There are quite a few Beatles scholars in the music theory field. It's almost a sub-field of its own. If you're interested, you should check out the work of Walt Everett, John Covach, and others. They even had a 4-day symposium dedicated to the Beatles here in Ann Arbor last year. Symposium celebrates 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” | Arts & Culture
Old 1 week ago
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I have met plenty of idiots with PhDs in music, why is anyone defending this?

Also, Brent Hahn is a pathetic wimp unless he does an open mic event soon.
Old 1 week ago
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Interesting that the closed minded clueless guy in this thread is the same one who just got another post deleted for dropping the most blatant racist and homophobic slurs you could possibly drop. A closed mind is an ugly thing.
Old 1 week ago
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Are you referencing my post saying that liberals dont like race-mixing?

Friends jokingly call me a mutt and I am proud of my mixed race heritage you bigot.

You are probably whiter than a teetotallers sclera.
Old 1 week ago
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Right. . . cause that's all that post contained, an innocent observation. Nothing else at all.
Old 1 week ago
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Actions are louder than words, bigot.
Old 1 week ago
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I love it. One post with two of the worst slurs in the English language. The next, bigot.

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Old 1 week ago
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Learn how to English securely installed.
Old 1 week ago
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Going with the grammar typo angle? You're firing on all cylinders:

People Who Constantly Point Out Grammar Mistakes Are Pretty Much Jerks, Scientists Find
Old 1 week ago
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In my defense, I didn't actually use any words disparagingly - just referenced them; pointing out the existence of words makes me racist, according to "liberal" clowns, but its ok for them to protect Masonic slave owners.

I posted a rebuttal to OPs post (still unanswered), but let's talk about something completely different. Scientists agree that people who avoid answering questions are full of $h1t.
Old 1 week ago
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Are you referencing my post saying that liberals dont like race-mixing?

Friends jokingly call me a mutt and I am proud of my mixed race heritage you bigot.

You are probably whiter than a tSeetotallers sclera.
Something tells me that the pertinent cohort here is not a racial class, but a transactional one: troll.
Old 1 week ago
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Bingo - one guy with an IQ higher than a doorknob came close to the truth; don't lose any sleep over this one, guys, and don't be too offended by words.
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Bingo - one guy with an IQ higher than a doorknob came close to the truth; don't lose any sleep over this one, guys, and don't be too offended by words.
I don't care what your motivation is, be it to troll or something else.

I was just noticing that the fool who posted in here a few months ago, was the same guy who posted the over-the-top bait in the other thread. When I read that other one I was thinking "where the f do these guys even come from? This is insane" and then this thread was like "ahhhhh. He's been saying clueless stuff for a while, just not to the same degree."
Old 1 week ago
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Bingo - one guy with an IQ higher than a doorknob came close to the truth; don't lose any sleep over this one, guys, and don't be too offended by words.
Thanks for the prop. I've met a couple doorknobs that could give me a run for my money.

But I'll just offer that as important as intellectual intelligence can be, ethical, emotional, and moral 'intelligence' counts for a whole lot in this life, as well. It took me a long time to figure that out.
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But I'll just offer that as important as intellectual intelligence can be, ethical, emotional, and moral 'intelligence' counts for a whole lot in this life, as well. It took me a long time to figure that out.
Exactly
Old 1 week ago
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... and then this thread was like "ahhhhh. He's been saying clueless stuff for a while, just not to the same degree."
Sometimes there's a pattern to the time stamps. It's always midnight somewhere.
Old 1 week ago
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Sometimes there's a pattern to the time stamps. It's always midnight somewhere.
Of course, there can be many reasons and factors in how we humans occasionally act out our inner issues in public.

While, in my bad old days, my provocative behavior often reached a peak when I was 'partying' hard (they call it partying -- but sometimes it's not that much fun), now my inner demons are more likely to show their elbows (and occasionally fangs) in the early morning hours before my morning ration of strong coffee has had its civilizing influences on me.

We all have our demons. It's taken me a long time to work out decent living arrangements with mine.
Old 1 week ago
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Old 1 week ago
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I'm pretty sure i have pentatonic scales , would you recommend seeing a doctor? or maybe just get some over the counter cream.
Old 1 week ago
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The only cure for intellectual dishonesty is having trolls derail the conversation - we all got your back, top40.

Newguy1 and BrettHahn will always be pathetic tools that desperately need propagandizing television garbage shows to validate their sad lives.

Old 2 days ago
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piano keyboard contains the major key in whites and pentatonic in blacks. that covers it all.
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