QUINTESSENCE HARMONY – What do the scales names mean?

The Quintessence pedal has 7 scale types by default and these are all modes of the Diatonic Scale, which is the most widely used scale in western music. If that’s a little confusing lets first talk about what the difference between a mode and a scale is.

A scale is essentially a group of intervals (intervals being the space between notes). In the Major Scale these intervals are as follows:

TONE, TONE, SEMITONE, TONE, TONE, TONE, SEMITONE. (Where a SEMI-TONE is the next note to the one you are playing and a TONE is 2 notes away from the note you are playing.)

A mode dictates where you starting point in that scale is. As there are 7 notes in the Diatonic Scale there are 7 possible modes too. They are as follows:
  1. Ionian (commonly known as MAJOR) - tone, tone, semitone, tone, tone, tone, semitone.
  2. Dorian – tone, semitone, tone, tone, tone, semitone, tone
  3. Phrygian – semitone, tone, tone, tone, semitone, tone, tone
  4. Lydian – tone, tone, tone, semitone, tone, tone, semitone
  5. Mixolydian – tone, tone, semitone, tone, tone, semitone, tone
  6. Aeolian (commonly known as MINOR) – tone, semitone, tone, tone, semitone, tone, tone
  7. Locrian (not present on the QUINTESSENCE by default as it is a very dissonant sounding mode). – semitone, tone, tone, semitone, tone, tone, tone

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