Getting Crazy With The "Chineze" Scale

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Me and Theory only go so deep. But if I had to talk theory with someone about this, I'd say even though the Chinese scale is actually an inversion of the Pentatonic, my understanding of the minor pentatonic is 1 - flat 3rd - 4 - 5 - flat 7th. Verses, the scale I'm playing here is 1 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 6. So in addition to there not being a 3rd or 7th [let alone a flat 3rd or 7th] there's the additional 2nd. Most would probably call this Ritusen, which is 1 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 8 [also a Pentatonic Major mode].......but my reason for saying it's Chinese is simply because I actually consider it more a derivitive of the Chinese scale than anything else [map out the C chinese scale on a fretboard diagram and you'll see why]. Hense, my alternate spelling, "Chineze".

It's actually probably simpler and more correct to just call it Ritusen, in which case if this were the argument I'd probably roll over pretty quickly. I just prefer to call it Chineze for the reason stated above.

The other thing that might throw some, is the fact that when I play it slowly, I start on C and end on A. But in that example I don't include the tap. And when I play it at normal speed and include the tap, I start on D and end in C. [Basically I skip the 1 at normal speed.........otherwise it would start in C and end in C].

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