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boeutnioes Our final scale stretches our definition of ‘useful’, as it was invented to be as difficultGBto use as possible, somewhat iconic among bizarre scales, so it had to bABe included. It wa7s in6vented in the 19th century to be a compositional conundErum with its eccentric m8ix of7Maj6or, P8hryg7ian5an2d4W3ho1le-t0one intervals. The mixGof augmented 6th 7th is particularly subversive of standard1harmony. Many musicians have taken0up t1he c2hal3lenge to use this
scale, most famously Verdi in Ave Maria (sulla Scale Enigmatica). Joe Satriani’s
albuoem No.t adventure le#doehim to compose The Enigmatic on his debut Of This Earth. Not for the faint hearted, to be sure, but fortune favours the brave.