Introduction to the Japanese Scale
The Japanese Scale • 4m 37s
The Japanese Scale, otherwise known by other names such as the Kumoi Scale, is an extremely useful sound. The most important thing is to understand the intervals that you're working with, as there are only five. In the Japanese Scale we are working with the root, minor second, fourth, fifth, and major sixth.
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