Posted By vDevIl on 05 Jun 2012 07:29 AM
also some of these scales would be very "strange" for the usual mainstream-listener.
but the more u "know" the more u can express.
Agreed, diminished and whole tone gotta be very "slick" to use a little bit for effect... maybe even with the harmonic minor. I don't consider that time wasted cause sometimes that little ethnic thing from harmonic minor and it's modes can be cool in a Scott Storch / Timbaland kinda way hear and there and the diminished can give that spooky classical "Phantom of the Opera" kinda vibe... whole tone was used by John Lennon of the Beatles and a few Motown hits for a "spacey vibe" on a turnaround. But yeah... that stuff isn't used much anymore except by professional songwriters that write for people like Beyonce or Kelly Clarkson or something like that... not "mainstream", "raw" music, not really necessary I agree. I barely ever use them anymore when composing.
Most pop and rock is pretty much Natural Minor and Pentatonic Minor for the most part... maybe a couple happy Major / Major Pentatonic jams so yeah.... four scales tops + the transpose button on your keyboard / DAW and that pretty much covers it,
White keys starting from A or C for Major and Minor and Black Keys from Gb and Eb for Major and Minor Pentatonic and using the transpose button for the different Keys pretty much covers it. Would take less than an afternoon to understand the concept well enough to use it when composing, not much "time wasted" at all. I could condense chords in a similar manner... theory is not really as complicated as it sounds. All the Greek names are optional, ha ha.
But yeah, we could break our "hundreds of scales" down to four and would still be saving a lot of time when we want to create a "happy melody" vs a "sad one" etc. So because I know that historically how people emotionally interpret certain collections of notes... saves me a lot of time.