Gypsy violin is an eastern European playing style of Hungarian, Romanian or Russian origin. It is the result from a very cool cultural mash up that can be traced back through India and the Arab world.
Gypsy violinists often employ wide, emotive vibrato for slower passages, glissando “slides” between positions and dramatic pauses to give the melodies “breathing space". Faster passages can use bow bouncing “spiccato” to increase the intensity and this genre almost exlcusively uses the “Gypsy scale”.
Gypsy scale actually refers to one of several musical scales associated with Romani or "Gypsy" music. The 3 most common of these scales are:
Double harmonic major - 1 - ♭2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - ♭6 - 7 - 8
Double harmonic minor - 1 - 2 -♭3 - ♯4 - 5 -♭6 - 7 - 8
Phrygian dominant scale - 1 -♭2 - 3 - 4 - 5 -♭6 -♭7 - 8
Double harmonic major scale, the fifth mode of Hungarian minor. The double harmonic major is a scale with gaps that typically sound unfamiliar to Western listeners. It is also known as Mayamalavagowla, Bhairav Raga, Byzantine scale, Arabic (Hijaz Kar), and Gypsy major. It can be identified as a gypsy scale because of the diminished step between the 1st and 2nd degrees.
Double harmonic minor scale, also known as the Byzantine scale. The double Harmonic minor scale is a minor scale with raised fourth and seventh degrees, also known as the Hungarian minor scale.
Phrygian dominant scale, also known as Freygish or Jewish scale (Hava Nagila) and the Spanish Gypsy or Spanish Phrygian scale.
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