Edit: holy crap the word 'major' looks so weird when you see that many instances of it.
Semantic satiation strikes again!
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:57 PM
Batman (stage 1): Played mostly in modes of D Major (except the C Lydian section) 8 measures: B Aeolian 2x| 8 measures: B Aeolian (or is it Harmonic Minor? due to the A#?) | 4 measures: C Lydian | 4 measures: F# Phyrgian 2 measures: B Aeolian 2 measures: A Mixolydian 2 measures: G Lydian 2 measures: F# Phrygian 2x| 2 measures: B Aeolian | 2 measuers: G Lydian | 2 measures: A Mixolydian | 2 measures: F# Phrygian
Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:48 PM
Since the bass is actually like this in the beginning:
|-----------------| |-----------------| |-----------------| |---------2-------| |-2-2-5-2---0-5-2-| |-----------------|
You hear a flattened seventh scale degree repeated until it changes to C Lydian. The A♯ in the melody is an accidental. Since the accidental falls halfway between two A naturals, it doesn't sound dissonant. But because the bass keeps playing the A natural, it also sounds like the basic scale is Aeolian, not harmonic minor.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:23 PM
Another note about the Batman song:
At 0:44, the melody plays B A♯ G♯ A♯ while octave F♯s repeat in the bass. This outlines the chord F♯, which is the V borrowed from the parallel major. Borrowing the V gives it the leading tone A♯, so called because it leads back to the tonic note, B. It's pretty common to borrow the V like this, creating the very strong progression V → i.
You can call this the melodic minor. (In modern music, the ascending/descending distinction is very often ignored.) Technically, the whole measure fits into the melodic minor scale, but the 6th and 7th scale degrees aren't used until the end, so it's ambiguous until then.
Actually, in an awful lot of music, one or more of the scale degrees is ambiguous at least some of the time, so you can play modal stuff over it and it still sounds good :-)
Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:20 PM
I just wanted to share something that might be useful. It's basically a major scale modes cheat sheet. I made it so I can work with Famitracker more easily (since it represents notes by letter). I probably wouldn't be interested in using it with a guitar and maybe not even with a MIDI editor that shows a staff view.
Print it then use a scissors to cut the two columns in half. Now just slide a letter on the right to the mode you want to play in and the X's tell you the notes that make up that mode. Glance down at the (key) line (or up to the Ionian line) and you can quickly know what key signature a mode is in (if I'm using the term correctly). If you prefer flats to sharps you can edit that. Likewise, changing the pattern of X's can give you other scales and their modes.
@auriplane, I'm going to take a closer look at what you said here. I just haven't had time.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:31 PM
Music theory kind of ruined music for me to a point. While it is cool to understand what you are hearing and what drives the kinds of sounds that you personally like, once you know what is going on, it kind of demystifies the magic.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:38 PM
Not for me so far. So far I'm feeling empowered. I feel like writing an album of original music is a real possibility now whereas before I didn't know where to begin. I wrote 6 or 7 songs when I was in high school, but I was just fumbling in the dark and accidentally using "metal" scales (mostly E Locrian: Locrian = Metal, E = convenient chugging note).
Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:36 AM
About modes and guitar:
If you play the major scale with three notes per string, it can be played in seven positions, one beginning on each scale degree--and therefore, one position corresponding to each mode. You can modify those scales so that you play only two notes on one of the strings, but it forces you to discard Ionian and Lydian, so you end up with only five positions.
I made this visualization of the modes and how they fit together on the guitar neck into one large, infinitely repeating pattern. All diatonic scales are merely sections of this larger pattern. Numbers represent scale degrees, columns represent frets, rows represent strings:
Posted 24 April 2013 - 10:25 PM
I just dug into just intonation and musical cents today - BOY HOWDY did that info open up the musical floodgates. I don't think I've worked a calculator this much since my high school days.
Goodbye equal temperament! Hello microtonality!
Posted 02 July 2013 - 11:37 AM
Mostly I've devolved into just drilling the 7 modes of the major scale. However, that by itself has done wonders for me. I'm quickly able to see when a bit of music is in one mode and when it goes from one to another. It's made learning new parts easier and I'm a lot more comfortable with the transition from the G string to the B string.
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