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Miyako-Bushi Extended Scale

This pentatonic (five-note) scale is another mode of the Hirajoshi Extended scale. The hghest note is very high (for a Native American flute) into the second register - the eleventh. It is typically reachable only on extended-range Native American flutes designed for play into the second register.

However, you can use this scale without that top note for some nice melodies.

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SNAFT Format

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Full Name: Miyako-Bushi Extended

Other Names:

  • Mode Five Hirajoshi

Scale steps: 5(=1+4) - 2 - 1 - 4 - 1 - 4

Sound Samples

Here's a sample of the basic scale as well as a woven scale on an extended-range E minor Native American flute:

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Nakai Tablature and Notes

Miyako-Bushi Extended Scale

Possible Alternate Fingerings on Six-Hole Flutes

Miyako-Bushi Extended Scale

Possible Alternate Fingerings on Five-Hole Flutes

Miyako-Bushi Extended Scale

Woven Scale Exercise

Miyako-Bushi Extended Woven Scale

 

 
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