Major and Melodic Minor Scales on Quartertones FLUTE

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Major and Melodic Minor Scales on Quartertones FLUTE

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When we learn quartertone fingerings on the instrument, we find them in terms of how far away they are from the familiar chromatic pitches eg. D quarter-sharp is exactly half way (or 50 cents) between D and D-sharp / E-flat. This is relatively easy to hear in comparison to sixth- (33 cents), eighth- (25 cents) and twelfth-tones (17 cents), although we use some of these when playing 'in tune' with other instruments. Many of the quartertone fingerings that I use, have been adjusted over the years as my ear has grown to hear microtonal nuances and my brain has been able to cope with perhaps more complicated fingerings. Every fingering used is situation-dependent, however.

Some of the hardest passages in today's literature involve equally spaced quartertones say, avoiding any familiar chromatic pitches on the way, as opposed to pure quartertone scales, which due to their idiomatic fingering patterns end up being much easier to play after becoming familiar with quartertone fingerings. Such passages occur in music where quartertonality (24 notes to the octave) is the fundamental field of pitch, rather than the 12-note octave or where quarter- (or micro-)tonality is used as an inflection, ornament or feature. Just like chromatic pitches, quartertones and other microtones can be used in voice-leading, in conventional or unconventional contexts. My hope is that this chart will heighten musical awareness when playing quartertones.

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Keys: All major and relative melodic minor scales

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