Tonality of the month: PentaReg / PentaPhryg

PentaReg / PentaPhryg — meditative sound sample — 8-string guitar — December 2022 — 3:34 — as loop on a separate tab (or via right-click browser option, where available)

The tonality of the month of January 2023 is PentaReg / PentaPhryg (also known as blues minor), a Reg tonality and partially anchored regular pentatonality. “Penta” means five, “Reg” stands for regressive, and “Phryg” points to its relation to Phrygian. Pentatonalities consist of five pitches to the octave. The pitch pattern of regular pentatonalities includes two Reach steps or augmented seconds. One whole step separates them on one side, and two whole steps on the other.

PentaReg / PentaPhryg is one of a few Reg(ressive) tonalities in the Tonalibus catalogue of anchored tonalities. As Reg tonality, it includes its quart but not its quint. This gives its fundamental a different, more elusive feel. And its quart takes on more of a fundamental anchor role, because the actual fundamental is its quint, the first harmonic or overtone beyond octaves.

The correlation of Pro(gressive) and Reg(ressive) tonalities as twins and their inversions is a current focus of Tonalibus experiments. More about this could be forthcoming in the future.

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: PentaReg / PentaPhryg
Close to the source in the mountains — December 2022 — Chiene creek under Blüemlisalp, Switzerland