Two Tonic Scales

Two Tonic Scales

Slonimsky’s (1-180)

In Slonimsky’s Thesaurus the first 180 scales are what Schillinger calls Symmetric Two Tonic Scales and Slonimsky calls Tritone Progression. As we learned in the last post we can build these symmetric scales by choosing notes between the tonics and the intervals of these notes must be the same after each tonic. In the first scale that Slonimsky shows is 1i or one interval. So the scale is C– C#  > F#-G. We notice that the relationship to each Tonic is b9 and the relationship across tonics is a perfect Fifth. Using the harmony Slonimsky suggests the First Master Chord from the chart in the first blog post you can see the alterations across Tonics.

Scale 1

Scale 1

One thought on “Two Tonic Scales”

  1. Stacy Gray says:

    A great phrase for introducing tension over a dominant chord.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


2 + 4 =


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.