Rast 6 - modulations + variants

For a general introduction to maqamMaqam (pl. maqamat) is the modal melodic system used in the Arab worldVisit the link to learn more and these presets, please visit A Guide to the Maqam Tuning Presets for Ableton Live 12.

About this maqam

This represents a version of Maqam Rast with a wide range of choices of pitch variants. Four potential choices for an E1/2♭ (the 3rd scale degree of Rast) are given, ranging from a relatively low version typical of later-20th-century Egypt, to a relatively high version typical of mid-20th century Syria, and two choices in between. Two possible choices for B1/2♭ (the 7th scale degree of Rast) are included. It is typical in Maqam Rast to use a B1/2♭ relatively higher than the E1/2♭. Two choices of B♭ are given, because of the preference for a very low B♭ in Jins Nahawand on G, lower than the PythagoreanPythagorean tuning is an approach to tuning based on stacking pure fifths (i.e. fifths with an exact frequency ratio of 2:3).Visit the link to learn more B♭ used for Bayati and Saba G. In addition, because of the inclusion of versions of E♭, E1/2♭, E♮, A♭, A1/2♭, A♮, B♭, B1/2♭, and B♮, all of the common modulations within the Maqam Rast family are possible. This version of Maqam Rast was developed by Sami Abu Shumays.

JinsJins (pl. ajnas): a scale fragment of 3, 4, or 5 notes with a specific mood and melodic vocabulary.Visit the link to learn more modulations possible within this pitch set

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