Chinese musicology is the academic study of traditional Chinese music. The Music of China dates back to the dawn of Chinese civilization with documents and artefacts providing evidence of a well-developed musical culture as This discipline has a very long history.
The ancient Chinese defined, by mathematical means, a gamut or series of Shi Er Lü (called the 十二律 12 lü) from which various sets of five or seven frequencies were selected to make the sort of "do re mi" major scale familiar to those who have been formed with the Western Standard notation. Shi Er Lü (Chinese 十二[[wikt 律|律]] Pinyin: shí èr lǜ literally translated as 12 pitches, sometimes named as Chinese chromatic scale. Shi Er Lü (Chinese 十二[[wikt 律|律]] Pinyin: shí èr lǜ literally translated as 12 pitches, sometimes named as Chinese chromatic scale. In Music, a scale is a group of musical notes collected in ascending and descending order that provides material for or is used to conveniently represent part or all See also Modern musical symbols Music notation or musical notation is any system which represents aurally perceived Music through the use The 12 lü approximate the frequencies known in the West as A, B flat. . . . . G, and A flat.
Most Chinese music uses a pentatonic scale, with the intervals (in terms of lǜ) the same as those of the major pentatonic scale. A pentatonic scale is a musical scale with five pitches per Octave in contrast to an heptatonic (seven note scale such as the Major scale The notes of this scale are called gong, shang, jue, zhi, and yu. By starting from a different point of this sequence, a scale (named after its starting note) with a different interval sequence is created, similar to the construction of modes in modern Western music. In Music, a scale is an ordered series of Musical intervals which along with the key or tonic, define the pitches However mode
Since the Chinese system is not an equal tempered tuning, playing a melody starting from the lǜ nearest to A will not necessarily sound the same as playing the same melody starting from some other lǜ, since the wolf interval will occupy a different point in the scale. Equal temperament is a Musical temperament, or a system of tuning in which every pair of adjacent notes has an identical Frequency ratio. The effect of changing the starting point of a song can be rather like the effect of shifting from a major to a minor key in Western music. In Music theory, the major scale or Ionian scale is one of the diatonic scales It is made up of seven distinct Notes plus an eighth Minor Scale was a test conducted by the United States Defense Nuclear Agency (now part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency) involving the detonation