Tonality of the month: Ionian or diatonic major

“Ionian prayer in gratitude for the golden heart” — 8-string guitar — February 2021 — 4:44 — as loop on a separate tab

The tonality of the month of September 2022 is Ionian or diatonic major — a regular diatonic heptatonality. Diatonic heptatonalities follow this matrix: The octave includes five whole steps and two half steps (or semitones). Either two or three consecutive whole steps, a pair and a trio, alternate in separating the two individual half steps from each other.

Ionian or diatonic major, the tonality of this month, is most common in Western music. On the piano keyboard it corresponds to the white keys with C as fundamental. It is often the first scale one learns. And it corresponds to the widely known solfège steps Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do.

You may enjoy a sound sample or tonality loop as sound mantra for contemplation or meditation. This can help with upliftment, purification, and focusing. Or it could simply be used as soothing background sound for relaxation and regeneration. If you care to hum, chant, or sing along, you could use a spiritually charged syllable like HU or Ōṃ / Aum ॐ,or another mantra syllable that suits you.

Tonality of the month: Ionian
Partial personal garden bounty — August 2022 — Grächwil, Switzerland