Aeolian dominant scale

Aeolian dominant scale
Modes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII
Component pitches
C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C
Number of pitch classes 7
Forte number 7-34
Complement 5-34

The Aeolian dominant scale is the fifth mode of the melodic minor scale (ascending, also known as jazz minor scale). It is named such because its sound derives from having a dominant seventh chord on the tonic in the context of what is otherwise the Aeolian mode, and because it is on the fifth degree of the melodic minor scale. This scale can also be obtained by raising the third degree of the natural minor scale. It often goes by other names, such as the Hindu scale, the Mixolydian 6, or 13, Aeolian major,[1] and melodic major.[2] The name melodic major also refers to the combined scale that goes as natural major ascending and as melodic major descending: C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C-B-A-G-F-E-D-C (differs from melodic minor only by the raised third degree).[3]

The Mask of Zorro song, I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You, was composed in the Aeolian dominant scale mode. It was written by film composer James Horner.

See also

Backdoor cadence


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