Showing Altered Notes


   
        It can be useful to show together the position of both the common tuning of a note and its special alteration, such as the normal komal Re and the ati-komal Re we created with the Adjust Scale dialog. Once we have created two separate scales that relate to each other such as the basic Natural Scale and its variant Extra-flat Komal Re, we can do that from
View | Secondary Scale Lines. Select Extra-flat Komal Re from the list of scales there, against the Natural Scale as the primary scale, and the display will show by a thin black line the position of any scale notes different from the Natural Scale.  (Of course you might choose to reverse the choice of primary and secondary, it is only a slight difference in how you wish to think about the display. In the image you can see these two approaches side by side, where the only difference is which line is colored, which black).



Shows both komal re and ati-komal re together


 This way you get a good image of the relationship of the altered notes to the notes of the usual scale. For better resolution you might wish to select View | Upper Graph Range Display... | Single Octave, as has been done for these illustrations.





         Now, how will we see the secondary lines when looking at the magnified trace in the lower graph? Tuning Meister will add in a colored dotted line corresponding to the placement of the altered note when it is being tracked. For instance, if you play or sing re,  a dark-green-colored dashed line will draw at about -20 cents in the lower graph [1], as the ati-komal re we defined is 20 cents lower than the usual re, and that is where your note lies, on the added colored line, not on the center line, which is where the usual re resides. If you have reversed the roles of primary and secondary, the image on the right shows the effect. The added lines for re now come above the center line [2]; and furthermore for re the center line has a different definition (but just for re), so we can see that the dark green part of the trace has moved up about 20 cents and is now pretty close to the zero offset line [3]. These few seconds come from a Todi clip, and probably we should have created a scale that includes all the altered notes of Todi, which seems to have ati-komal ga and dha as well as re (and perhaps a higher tivra ma, as sung by this Jaipur-gharana singer). You can see this ga is also lower than normal, as it is on average throughout the clip. But this was just to illustrate how the lines are indicated in this display mode.


lower graph extra lines

The color of the added dashed line of course relates to the particular semitone being traced, just like that same color in the trace defines the semitone.
    Use View | Edit Secondary Scale to create or alter scales which function in concert with a primary scale to show alternative tunings for various notes, in exactly the same manner as in Options | Scale Pitches & Menu. Indeed any scale can be used as either primary or secondary scale; editing them as a Secondary Scale just allows you to view the combination while you work.
     
      

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