ScaleMaster
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v1.1.0 - release notes

Notation

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ScaleMaster's notation view offers a lot of valuable information. It is updated whenever a scale is changed. So - not only can we look up the fingering of a specific scale in the instrument view, but we also can review the notation details of that scale. Of particular interest here are the application of flats, sharps and other accidentals. ScaleMaster will apply these according to the laws of music theory and help in cases where there might be doubt whether a note is written as a natural or double flat for example.

Note also that roots are shown in orange, chord tones in red (where applicable) and other notes are shown in plain black. We also have a chord symbol indicator sans root in the lower center of the notation view.

Finally there are two buttons in the lower part below the staff. In the left bottom corner is the scale direction button that switches our scales between ascending and descending. And in the right bottom corner we have a notation options button that cycles through auxiliary information like note names, MIDI values and such. More about that option below.

 

Semitones

At the bottom of the notation view is a display of semitones given in simple numbers like 1 or 2 as seen above. Semitones are the smallest interval available in the instruments in ScaleMaster. They represent exactly 1 MIDI value. Where middle C for example is 60 and the next note Db is 61, we can count the semitones in the interval between those two notes (1). Going from C to D would be 2 and going from C to F 5. This information is of relevance because the series of semitones between intervals is exactly what defines a scale. It is the one piece of information that allows us to transpose a scale from C to Gb for example.

 

Note Options

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The slashed circle symbol in the bottom right of the notation view is used to cycle note information. We can show note names like C, D, E or Do, Re, Mi if we have selected to use syllables in ScaleMaster's settings. We can also show intervallic descriptions of our notes as shown in the table below. These are the intervals in relation to the root of the scale. Here is a breakdown of the intervals that may occur:

Rt

root

m2

minor second

M2

major second

#2

augmented second

m3

minor third

M3

major third

b4

lowered fourth

p4

perfect fourth

#4

raised fourth

b5

diminished fifth

p5

perfect fifth

#5

augmented fifth

m6

minor sixth

M6

major sixth

#6

raised sixth

d7

diminished seventh

m7

minor seventh

M7

major seventh

Oc

octave

 

The third click on the slashed circle button will display MIDI values of the current scale sample. A fourth tap removes scale specific information and finally a fifth tap removes semitone information as well.

 

Clefs

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Most instruments in ScaleMaster have more than one clef option. The piano instrument for example can display in treble, bass, alto and tenor clefs. To change the current clef we tap the clef itself to display the clefs menu.

Note: Some instruments like double bass only allow for one clef (i.e. bass 8va).

 

Exercises

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Exercises - generated or recorded - will display as shown above. More about that in the next chapter.

 

Summary

Music notation is not everyone's cup of tea, but a reference to all 200+ of ScaleMaster's scales in all available keys is a great resource to have. In particular the breakdown into semitones (or half-tone steps) can come in handy.

And now it is finally time to take a look at the exciting new exercise features in ScaleMaster.

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