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Frank in the swamps Modes? (56* d) RE: Modes? 07 Oct 98

Jerry, I stand happily corrected. This thread is fun. Your observations about the leading tone go right to the heart of my reticence about using true chords with a lot of old folk tunes. So many music publishers put dominant seventh and even minor seventh chords over tunes that come from an A cappella tradition, or from drone instruments, like bagpipes and much folk fiddle.

Many guitarists who play "celtic" music use alternate tunings, D-A-D-G-A-D and D-A-D-F#-A-D being two popular ones. It allows the player to create chords based on intervals of 4ths, 5ths and 6ths with a lot of doubling of tones, allowing the drone effect. In fact, so called "power" chords, used by rock & heavy metal guitarists usually consist of just roots & fifths, with one note(root usually) doubled. I don't want to speculate too much on what Johns reasons were for asking this question (the second part) but I suspect he may share my dissatisfaction with a lot of guitar accompaniment to old tunes.

What about it John? This thread has taken on a life of it's own, if you've got a specific question which is not being addressed, give us a holler, you know what chatterboxes we all are.

Frank i.t.s.

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