Understanding The Musical Modes | 2 Secret Keys To Domination
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This video is about Understanding The Musical Modes. We'll discuss 2 Secret Keys To Dominating this topic and becoming a modal powerhouse!!!
What is a mode? A mode is simply a scale...a scale with a specific sound and feel. The reason modes are such a mystifying topic is simple...Modes are taught as scales not chord progressions. If modes were taught as chords with a specific feeling and emotional content, we would understand them much more easily.
All the Diatonic modes are contained within the 7 notes of the major scale. One mode for each of the seven notes. For example, in the key of C major, you have the notes C-D-E-F-G-A-B. A different mode is built on each of these tones.
It's best to visualize this on the piano. The key of C is all the white notes on the piano, no black notes. To play a C Major scale, start on C and play until you reach the octave of C. Now, to play another mode, simply start on another white note...let's pick D...and play all the white notes from D until its octave D. You've just played the Dorian Mode. Here is the order of modes in the major scale.
C Ionian, or C Major
Playing the scale to a pedal tone.
The reason this is so important is it provides a sonic point of reference for your ears. Without a droning pedal tone, you simply won't identify the mood or vibe of the mode. This is top secret shit!!
Modal Pedal Point Exercise
In this exercise we'll use a chord formula to play modal chord progression. For example the A Dorian Mode's Chord formula is i-IV (Am-D) Why is this important? Because this is how modes are used in music...through chord progressions. Now, when you hear something in the Dorian mode, like Johnny Cash "Hurt" or "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", you can identify the Dorian mode ;)
Let me know if you have any questions on this lesson.
How do you approach the modes? What's you're favorite mode of all?
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