Tip #117 – Using the Arabic Scale

Besides the weekly discussions of scales from rāga music in South India, you can also use the “Arabic scale” to get an exotic tonality to your composition.

To construct an Arabic scale, basically lower the second and sixth scale degrees of a major scale:

From there, use the tendency tones of resolution within the scale to write a melody:

And there you go! An exotic foreign-sounding melody just from lowering two scale degrees.

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