Yo scale


Yo scale

The yo scale, which does not contain semitones, according to a traditional theory is a pentatonic scale used in much Japanese music, excluding gagaku and Buddhist chanting. The yo scale is used specifically in folk songs and early popular songs and is contrasted with the in scale which does contain semitones.[1]

It is defined by ascending intervals of two, three, two, two, and three semitones. An example yo scale, expressed in western pitch names, is: D - E - G - A - B. This is illustrated below.

Yo scale on D with auxiliary notes (F) & (C) About this sound Play .

More recent theory[2] emphasizes that it is more useful in interpreting Japanese melody to view scales on the basis of "nuclear tones" located a fourth apart and containing notes between them, as in the minyō scale used in folk music, and whose pitches are equivalent to the yo scale[3]:

Minyō scale on D, equivalent to yo scale on D, with brackets on fourths About this sound Play .

Source

  1. ^ Titon, Jeff Todd (1996). Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples, p.372. ISBN 0-02-872612-X.
  2. ^ Koizumi Fumio (1974). Nihon no ongaku (Japanese music), 76. Tokyo: National Theater of Japan.
  3. ^ Titon (1996), 373.

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