Jun 30, 2011, 10:41

If you find yourself in a creative “rut” where you feel like everything you do sounds the same, working with different types of scales is a quick and easy way to dramatically change the sound of your music and throw you off balance in a healthy way.

I was browsing through a gift shop in Atlanta recently and came across a very cool poster that notated about 25 exotic scales. Due to copyright issues, I can’t re-distribute that poster, but I found something similar on this web page (which features a convenient play-along track so you can just grab your instrument, hit “play” on this web page, and start trying out scales):


Singer/Songwriter James Taylor supposedly once said, “Some people collect butterflies or coins…I collect solos.”

Creators of production music could easily adopt the same philosophy with scales. Enjoy!


Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace where media producers and business owners can license high-quality, affordable music from a online community of musicians.

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