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  • adj. Describing a mode or scale that has six pitches in an octave.


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  • And each scale has hundreds of ragas, which can be pentatonic (five notes), hexatonic (six notes) or full scale (seven notes).

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  • "Five- or six-note scales, called 'pentatonic' or 'hexatonic' scales, are common and altogether twenty-four different ones have been described, which gives some idea of the expressive nuance available to the player."

    —William Donaldson, Pipers: A Guide to the Players and Music of the Highland Bagpipe (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2005), 29

    July 31, 2008