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Navigating the Modal Maze

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Ben Camp

on 26 April 2015

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Transcript of Navigating the Modal Maze

Modes
Synthetic Modes
Modal Techniques
Phrygian
Dorian
Mixolydian
Lydian
What do you know about them?
Scales / Grouping of pitches
Use of Modes
Navigating the Modal Maze
Where have you heard about modes before?
What do you want to know about them?
Avoid V-I "Dominant" functions
Most common modes are:
Lydian, Ionian, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, Phrygian
Difference between Modal/Tonal: Major/Minor
Characteristic tone & chord(s)?
Sing!
"Avoid" progression?
Major or Minor mode?
Characteristic tone & chord(s)?
Sing!
"Avoid" progression?
Major or Minor mode?
Mixolydian
Characteristic tone & chord(s)?
Sing!
"Avoid" progression?
Major or Minor mode?
Characteristic tone & chord(s)?
Sing!
"Avoid" progression?
Major or Minor mode?

Characteristic tone & chord(s)?
Sing!
"Avoid" progression?
Major or Minor mode?
Lydian b7, Phrygian #3, Etc.
Pedal Tones & Ostinato
Reinforce tonal center.
Save the modal tone
Create surprise.
Modal Shift
Contrast
"Never Go Down"
What happens in the Chorus?
Verse is what mode?

Db Mixo
Pre is what mode?
Db Dorian
What about the melody?
MELODY: M3 in vs, m3 in Pre
HARMONY: I, bVII, IV
What's that add up to?
Notation courtesy of Stan Swiniarski
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