Dorian ♭2 scale

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Dorian 2
ModesI, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII
Component pitches
C, D, E, F, G, A, B
Number of pitch classes7
Forte number7-34
\override Score.TimeSignature #'stencil = ##f
\relative c' { 
  \clef treble \time 7/4
  c4 des es f g a bes c2
} }

The Dorian 2 scale, also known as the Phrygian 6 scale, is the second mode of the jazz minor scale (or the ascending melodic minor scale). It is on the second degree of the jazz minor scale. Without the minor second above the root, the scale would just be the Dorian mode.[1] The reason it is also known as Phrygian 6 is because if the scale did not have the major 6th then it would be enharmonic with the Phrygian mode.[2]

This scale is commonly used in Assyrian music, most especially in the folk dance genre.[3][4] Thought to add color and to retain the Phrygian tradition of Assyrian music, the major sixth may at times be simultaneously altered to the minor sixth during the course of the composition.[5][6]

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  1. ^ "How to Play the Dorian b2 Scale for Guitar". Matt Warnock Guitar.
  2. ^ "Melodic Minor Harmony".
  3. ^ Ebeling, Erich [de]. Keilschrifttexte aus Assur religiősen Inhalts, 34. Wissenschaftliche Veröffentlichung der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft, Leipzig 1920, vol. 2, no. 2
  4. ^ Subhi Anwar Rashid, The History of Musical Instruments in Old Iraq. pp. 180–181
  5. ^ "Journalism: A 140-Year Experience", Journal of the Assyrian Academic Society, vol. VII, no. 2, 1993. pp. 17–18
  6. ^ Rimmer, Joan, Ancient Musical Instruments of Western Asia in the British Museum, London 1969, p., 17, 18, 199