Scales and emotions

The simplistic version we're told is:

A song in a major scale is happy, a song in a minor scale is sad.

While there's some truth to that, there's also a lot more to it.

First, a more accurate claim would be:

  • A fast song in a major scale is happy.
  • A slow song in a major scale is sentimental.
  • A slow song in a minor scale is sad.
  • A fast song in a minor scale is angry.

That's pretty profound stuff!

Here's a depiction of those four quadrants:

quadrants

Here's my source, an excellent guide!

Source

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