Art is the opposite of chaos. Art is organized chaos. Thousands of years ago in Africa, Europe, Asia and elsewhere, people made discoveries, independently, about the connections between tunes songs and scales ordered collections of pitches used in the tunes. Some scales eventually fell out of use. Others became fixtures of the prevailing culture. All musical-sounding scales consist of a small selection of notes—typically five to seven intervals six to eight notes to the octave.
What makes oriental music sound different? | TPE : The Universality of Music
A few years back an "Unplugged" special on MTV featured a performer, his band, and a backup string quartet. At one point while everyone was taking solos , the singer motioned for the string players to take a solo also. And nothing happened! These string performers were great musicians -- but they didn't know how to improvise. It's not something a classically trained violinist is called upon to do that often. Being a great improviser isn't easy -- but being a decent improviser isn't hard.
As implied by its name, this scale is suitable for playing Chinese music see also the Oriental Scale. The Chinese scales are sometimes used in jazz improvisation. The Chinese Scale has a quite uncommon feature in the two quadra-steps: first to second note and fourth to fifth note. Another peculiar detail is that a harmony note is added to every single note in the scale see below.
Chinese musicology is the academic study of traditional Chinese music. This discipline has a very long history. The first musical scales were derived from the harmonic series.