Iranian Musical lessons

DASTGÂH e MÂHUR (Part 07)

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ARÂQ:  This Guse is the gateway to a whole new dimension of MÂHUR which will happen in next Guše. it starts in high A and tends to move towards its previous note (G) and of course the high C using Bb. NAHI:B: Starting from the high C and ascending with B back to natural again and Eb appearing […]

Iranian Musical lessons

DASTGÂH e MÁHUR (part 01)

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Now it’s time analyze each DASTGÂH one by one and I’d like to start with DASTGÂH e MÂHUR because in it’s main Guše (DARÂMAD)*, it sounds like the Major Scale and there are no quarter steps in it’s first few Gušes! 1- DARÂMAD : In pre-islam era, there was a MAQÂM** called RÁST*** which is very much similar to […]

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Iranian Music Theory 03

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Ok! Let’s talk about Quarter Steps. A Quarter Step is a half of a half step! But we don’t use them as independent intervals and still, the half step is the smallest usable interval in Iranian classical music. But adding a quarter step to a half step, makes a 3/4 step which makes it one […]