Tonality of the month: LoloReachMin

LoloReachMin on D — “Balancing up and down” — extensive calm — 8-string guitar and tanpura — August 2023 — 3:58 — as loop on a separate tab

The Tonality of the month for August/September 2023 is LoloReachMin — a fully anchored Reach heptatonality. The Tonalibus name of this tonality indicates that the lower tetrachord contains the lowest possible or Lolo version of Reach. And further, that the upper tetrachord is PhrygAeolian.

LoloReachMin features an intriguing and challenging mixture of flavorful elements, intervals, and pitches. First, there is the bluesy initial or lowest possible Reach step (augmented second). Then, the minor and major thirds are both present. As such, this tonality unifies most distinct characteristics of both, minor and major, in the lower tetrachord. However the upper tetrachord being PhrygAeolian has a distinct minor flavor. It can take some time to tune into this tonality to use it harmoniously and approach more challenging pitches form favorable directions. The above sound sample builds up gently. It adds more challenging pitches gradually, thus aiming to help western ears to slowly adjust to the fascinating combination of elements in this tonality.

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 Ōṃ / Aum ॐ, or HU, or another mantra syllable that suits you.

Tonality of the month: LoloReachMin
Tonality of the month: LoloReachMin — summary visualization of pitches, intervals, and a harmonic axe