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Thread #95827   Message #1869276
Posted By: harpmolly
26-Oct-06 - 01:59 PM
Thread Name: Modes vs Scales
Subject: RE: Modes vs Scales
All I know is, I'm completely addicted to Mixolydian ;) Maybe it's the pernicious influence of the hammered dulcimer. But my favorite tunes (aside from Si Bheg Si Mhor) are Banish Misfortune, Atholl Highlanders and Red-Haired Boy, and I even managed to write the melody to "The Wiser Maid" in D Mix. In a fit of madness, I even put an extra 1 1/2 fret on my mountain dulcimer so I could play in D Mixolydian more easily (a foolish idea given that I'm a new dulcimist in the first place).

There's just something about that flatted seventh...

In other modal fun, Beth Kollé (a wonderful Seattle harper) has taken the Carolan tune "Kitty Magennis" and arranged it in G Major (Ionian), instead of Amin Dorian (key signature of G, starting one note up). It's got a fabulous feel to it, and I love playing it at gigs and seeing people's eyes cross as they try to figure out what incredibly familiar-sounding tune I'm playing...

Modes are fun!