Vietkong asked me about “Clint Eastwood Scales”.
Short answer: Slap on a spanish or pentatonic scale with some galloping type rhythms, and call it a day.
Long answer: Don’t worry about scales too much.
Spaghetti Westerns were for the most part a Hollywood Mythos creation and some of it were heavily inspired by Japanese Samurai films.
I don’t know if the music used in those Spaghetti Western’s have credible historical value.
I think cowboys were probably too busy trying to survive, so music was probably a bit of luxury,
however, if some of that luxury was to be part of their lives, then my guess is it would have to be a handed down thing…
like a family heirloom, some sort of acoustic instrument, culture and scales attached.
Immigration and convergence of people in The Old Wild West might have helped evolve its definitive sound.
With that said, the composers and musicians that rose to prominence representing the genre sort of speak were classically trained.
I’d like to think that there is some sort of respect in their decision making to capture the essence of The Old Wild West or at least the stories being told in the films.
So when I say, don’t worry about scales too much, what I mean is…
it is much better to be inspired by the drive and core action of human beings, the musical result is usually more universal that way, in my humble opinion.
By the way Clint Eastwood is Old West Action (anagram).
Additional thread from another site: Why do western soundtracks sound “western”?, notable post#19