A Performance Touchscreen Instrument
for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
15-Jul 2010

The Dance Scale

While there is no official "dance scale" in music theory, Hexaphone's Dance Scale provides a set of musical intervals that are suitable for many types of latin music, as well as for an industrial sound suitable for metal and techno music.
5
perfect 5th
m7
minor 7th
1
root
m2
minor 2nd
m3
minor 3rd
4
perfect 4th
5
perfect 5th
m7
minor 7th
1
root
m2
minor 2nd
m3
minor 3rd

Compared to the Blues Scale, we've dropped the Tritone in favor of the minor 2nd, and slid the 3rd and 4th up one spot to accommodate the arrival of the 2nd.
The minor 2nd makes all the difference in this scale - this note is just half a step away from the root, and thus creates tension when played in sequence with the root.
Here's a latin riff played with the Dance Scale:
Here's a more "industrial" sounding riff played with the Dance Scale: