Circles of Fifths and the World Wide Musical Web
Music is the universal language of mankind. ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Figure 3-1: The World Wide Musical Web
The reason music is a “universal language” is because there is an underlying principle uniting all of the world’s musical traditions. The World Wide Musical Web is a visual expression of that principle. It is actually simpler than it looks (see Figure 3-1 above). One musician called it “the cycle of fifths on steroids.” Another person called it a “musical mantra.” Both are true. It’s a detailed diagram of all the pitches in 53-equal and how they function musically. Almost all the ancient scales plus new scales and chords never before imagined are accessible with this single musical template. I use this diagram every time I compose, and there’s a lot of information packed into each pitch unit on the web. As you will see, the bottom ¾ of the mantra is unlikely to have much musical use, but in the top ¼ of the wheel, you’ll find almost every musical scale ever used by the ancients anywhere in the world. With a little study, it will become easy to see how they can interact together, and how they all arise from the same meta-principles…
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