On our “Sounds and Scales Page” you will find a list of scales we offer with their descriptions and the available keys, as well as a few audio recordings of each. Below, these descriptions there is a table of different transpositions that we offer in our shop with the notes listed, the “voicing” of the drum (Whether it is high, mid-range or low), and which series it is available on either the Ascension, Relics, or Primordial series.

We strive to offer a wide-range of musical colors, but understand that we cannot offer every possible variation here. Transpositions of scales into different keys, and custom scales are possible and we are more than happy to help create the perfect drum for you. Please email us for more information.

Scale Descriptions

Akebono:

Strong, Solid, Interesting.

The Akebono scale is a musical scale commonly used in traditional Japanese music. Akebono and the Diatonic scale use the same intervals, but Akebono has no fixed tonic; as such, any Akebono note can be the tonic.

Available Keys:
 E minor, F minor, G minor, A minor, B minor, C minor, D minor
Standard Key:
 E minor

Akebono Scale

Akebono Jam

Arbutus:

Excited, Bubbly, Changing.

This scale is derived from the Mixolydian mode, and is warm, and expressive. It is our most “up-beat” and “happiest” sounding scale that we offer.  Great if you are looking for something Angelic and crystalline.

Available Keys: G Major, A Major, Bb Major
Standard Key: A Major

 

Arbutus Scale

Arbutus Jam

Beta-Tone:

 

This scale is a minor Pentatonic scale (In various keys), the minor pentatonic scale steps are: 1-b3-4-5-b7. These drums are great for beginners or if you are looking for a Steel Tongue Drum to match a particular minor key you are wishing to play in.

Available Keys: D minor, E minor, F minor, G minor, A minor
Standard Key: E minor

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Hijaz:

Exotic, Mysterious, Spooky.

The scale is very common in Middle Eastern music, particularly Arabic and Egyptian Music. It may be seen as an altered Phrygian mode that is a Phrygian with a raised third in the key of C relating to the third mode in a C Major scale system.

Available Keys: D minor, E minor, F minor, G minor
Standard Key:
 D minor

Hijaz Scale

Hijaz Jam

Melog:

Full, Broad, Confident.

5 notes of the E Major scale, give this drum a full sound, and is easy access for beginners. It has octaves of all the notes allowing for the creation of some pleasant over-tones.

Available Keys: D Major, E Major, F Major
Standard Key: E Major

Melog Scale

Melog Jam

Penta-Tone:

This scale is Major Pentatonic scale (In various keys), the Major pentatonic Scale steps are: 1-2-3-5-6. These drums are great for beginners or if you are looking for a Steel Tongue Drum to match a particular Major key you are wishing to play in.


Available Keys: D Major, E Major, F Major, G Major, A Major, B Major, C Major
Standard Key: G Major

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Pacific Swell:

Droning, Contemplative, Wandering.

The Pacific Swell scale is one of our most popular scales. Reminiscent of foggy shores and mysteries rolling in from across the ocean, it is contemplative and deep.

Available Keys: A minor, B minor, C minor
Standard Key: B minor

North Sea Scale

North Sea Scale – Rolling Waves

Pygmy:

Searching, Yearning, Flowing.

The Pygmy scale is a minor pentatonic scale, with a yearning quality. Use of the Pygmy scale has grown in popularity since the invention of the Hang (instrument) in the year 2000, handpan’s such as the Halo and also steel tongue drums. All of which have been made using sound models based on the Pygmy scale.

Available Keys: D minor, E minor, F minor
Standard Key: E minor

Pygmy Scale

Pygmy Jam

Renaissance:

Powerful, Deep, Magic.

The Dorian Mode is a minor type scale (it has a b3) and is most commonly used for jazz and blues improvisation. It is usually the first choice for playing over an unrelated minor chord (meaning a minor chord not obviously in a particular key).

Available Keys: D minor, E minor, F minor
Standard Key: D minor

Renaissance Jam

Renaissance Scale – Time Stream 2

Solstice:

Soothing, Transforming, Eloquent.

This scale is full, bright, and very soothing. A very popular scale for yoga classes and meditation. Reminiscent of classical piano, and beautiful musical forms can be created within its note range. Our second most popular scale.

Available Keys: F Major, G Major, A Major
Standard Key: G Major

Solstice Scale

Solstice Jam

 

Scales Available On Particular Series

Here is a table of different transpositions that we can offer on the different series (Ascension, Relics and Primordial). If you are interested in a scale and don’t see it, please contact us as custom scales are possible though not on all series.

Ascension Series

Scale

Key

Notes

Voice

8

9

10

Akebono
(Minor Pentatonic)

D minor
C minor
B minor
A minor
G minor
F minor
E minor
D minor

D4, E4, F4, A4, Bb4, D5, E5, F5,
C4, D4, Eb4, G4, Ab4, C5, D5, Eb5
B3, C#4, D4, F#4, G4, B4, C#5, D5
A3, B3, C4, E4, F4, A4, B4, C4
G3, A3, Bb3, C4, Eb4, G4, A4, Bb4
F3, G3, Ab3, Bb3, Db4, F4, G4, Ab4
E3, F#3, G3, A3, C4, E4, F#4, G4
D3, E3, F3, G3, A#3, D4, E4, F4,

High
High
High
High
Mid
Mid
Low
Low

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y

Arbutus
(Dominant Pentatonic)

Bb Maj
A Maj
G Maj

F3, Bb3, C4, Eb4, F4, G4, A4, Bb4, C5
E3, A3, B3, D4, E4, F#4, G#4, A4, B5
D3, G3, A3, C4, D4, E4, F#4, G4, A4

High
Mid
Mid

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

N
Y
Y

Beta-Tone
(Minor Pentatonic)

A minor
G minor
F minor
E minor
D minor

A3, C4, D4, E4, G4, A4, C5, D5
G3, Bb3, C4, D4, F4, G4, Bb4, C5
F3, Ab3, Bb3, C4, Eb4, F4, Ab4, Bb4, C5
E3, G3, A3, B3, D4, E4, G4, A4 ,B4
D3, F3, A3, G3, C4, D4, F4, A4, G4

High
High
Mid
Mid
Low

Y

Y
Y
Y
Y

N
N
Y

Y
Y

N
N
N
Y
Y

Hijaz
(Phrygian Mode)

G minor
F minor
E minor
D minor

G3, D4, D#4, F#4, G4, A4, A#4,C5, D5
F3, C4, Db4, E4, F4, G4, Ab4, Bb4, C5
E3, B3, C4, D#4, E4, F#4, G4, A4, B
D3, A3, Bb3, Db4, D4, E4, F4, G4, A4

High
Mid
Mid
Low

Y
Y
Y
Y

N
Y
Y
Y

N
N
Y
Y

Melog
(Major Pentatonic)

F Maj
E Maj
DMaj

F3, A3, Bb3, C4, E4, F4, A4, Bb4, C5
E3, G#3, A3, B3, D#4, E4, G#4, A4, B4
D3, F#3, G3, A3, C#4, D4, F#4, G4, A4

High
Mid
Low

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

N
N
Y

Penta-Tone
(Major Pentatonic)

C Major
B Major
A Major
G Major
F Major
E Major
D Major

C4, D4, E4, G4, A4, C5, D5, E5
B3, C#4, D#4, F#4, G#4, B4, C#5, D#5
A3, B3, C#4, E4, F#4, A4, B4, C#5
G3, A3, B3, D4, E4, G4, A4, B4, D5
F3, G3, A3, C4, D4, F4, G4, A4, C5
E3, F#3, G#3, B3, C#4, E4, F#4, G#3, B3
D3, E3, F#3, A3, B3, D4, E4, F#4, A4

High
High
High
Mid
Mid
Low
Low

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y

N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y

Pacific Swell

C minor
B minor
A minor

F3, G3, Ab3, C4, D4, Eb4, F4, G4, Ab4
E3, F#3, G3, B3, C#4, D4, E4, F#4, G4
D3, E3, F3, A3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F4

Mid
Low
Low

Y
Y

Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Pygmy
(Minor Pentatonic)

F minor
E minor
D minor

F3, G3, Ab3, C4, Eb4, F4, G4, Ab4, C5
E3, F#3, G3, B3, D4, E4, F#4, G4, B4
D3, E3, F3, A3, C4, D4, E4, F4, A4

High
Mid
Low

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

N
Y
Y

Renaissance
(Dorian Mode)

F minor
E minor
D minor

F3, Bb3, C4, Db4, Eb4, F4, G4, Ab4, Bb4
E3, A3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F#4, G4, A4
D3 G3 A3 Bb3 C4 D4 E4 F4 G4

High
Mid
Low

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

Solstice
(Aeloian Mode)

A Maj
G Maj
F Maj

F#3, A3, C#4, D4, E4, F#4, G#4, A4, C#5
E3, G3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F#4, G4, B4,
D3, F3, A3, Bb3, C4, D4, E4, F4, A4

High
Mid
Low

Y
Y
Y

Y
Y

Y
Y
Y

 

Relics Series

Scale

Key

Notes

Voice

Akebono
(Minor Pentatonic)

D minor
C minor
B minor

D3, E3, F3, G3, A#3, D4, E4, F4, G4, A#4
C3, D3, D#3, F3, G#3, C4, D4, D#4, F4, G#4
B2, C#3, D3, E3, G3, B3, C#4, D4, E4, G4

Low
Low
Low

Melog
(Major Pentatonic)

C Major
B Major

C3, E3, F3, G3, A#3, C4, E4, F4, G4, A#4
B2, D#3, E3, F#3, A3, B3, D#4, E4, F#4, A4

Low
Low

Penta-Tone
(Major Pentatonic)

C Major
B Major

C3, D3, E3, G3, A3, C4, D4, E4, G4, A4
B2, C#3, D#3, F#3, G#3, B3, C#4, D#4, F#4, G#4

Low
Low

Pygmy
(Minor Pentatonic)

C minor
B minor

C3, D3, D#3, G3, A#3, C4, D4, D#4, G4, A#4
B2, C#3, D3, F#3, A3, B3, C#4, D4, F#4, A4

Low
Low

Renaissance
(Dorian Mode)

D minor
C minor
B minor

D3 G3 A3 Bb3 C4 D4 E4 F4 G4 A4
C3, F3, G3, G#3, A#3, C4, D4, D#5, F4, G4
B2, E3, F#3, G3, A3, B3, C#4, D4, E4, F#4

Low
Low
Low

Solstice
(Aeloian Mode)

F Maj
E Major

D3, F3, A3, Bb3, C4, D4, E4, F4, A4, A#4
C3, D#3, G3, A3, B3, C4, D#4, E4, G#4, A4

Low
Low

Primordial Series

Scale

Key

Notes

Voice

Akebono
(Minor Pentatonic)

F minor
E minor

F3, G3, Ab3, Bb3, Db4, F4, G4, Ab4
E3, F#3, G3, A3, C4, E4, F#4, G4

Mid
Low

Arbutus
(Dominant Pentatonic)

A Maj
G Maj

E3, A3, B3, D4, E4, F#4, G#4, A4
D3, G3, A3, C4, D4, E4, F#4, G4

Mid
Mid

Beta-Tone
(Minor Pentatonic)

A minor
E minor
D minor

A3, C4, D4, E4, G4, A4, C5, D5
E3, G3, A3, B3, D4, E4, G4, A4
D3, F3, A3, G3, C4, D4, F4, A4

High
Mid
Low

Hijaz
(Phrygian Mode)

E minor
D minor

E3, B3, C4, D#4, E4, F#4, G4, A4
D3, A3, Bb3, Db4, D4, E4, F4, G4

Mid
Low

Melog
(Major Pentatonic)

F Maj
E Maj

F3, A3, Bb3, C4, E4, F4, A4, Bb4
E3, G#3, A3, B3, D#4, E4, G#4, A4

High
Mid
Low

Penta-Tone
(Major Pentatonic)

C Major
A Major
G Major

C4, D4, E4, G4, A4, C5, D5, E5
A3, B3, C#4, E4, F#4, A4, B4, C#5
G3, A3, B3, D4, E4, G4, A4, B4

High
High
Mid

Pygmy
(Minor Pentatonic)

F minor
E minor

F3, G3, Ab3, C4, Eb4, F4, G4, Ab4
E3, F#3, G3, B3, D4, E4, F#4, G4

High
Mid

Renaissance
(Dorian Mode)

F minor
E minor
D minor

F3, Bb3, C4, Db4, Eb4, F4, G4, Ab4
E3, A3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F#4, G4
D3 G3 A3 Bb3 C4 D4 E4 F4 G4

High
Mid
Low

Solstice
(Aeloian Mode)

G Major

E3, G3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F#4, G4

Mid