Mudcat Café message #202988 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #19748   Message #202988
Posted By: M. Ted (inactive)
28-Mar-00 - 09:13 PM
Thread Name: Modes for Mudcatters: A Synthesis Primer
Subject: RE: MODES FOR MUDCATTERS: A SYNTHESIS PRIMER
Nice work, Peter--it seems to be pretty accurate--of course every point raises another question, which would turn it into a book--though that may be inevitable!!!!

I have a couple clarifications though-- your tend to classify the major and minor scales as modes, and I think you have to explain the difference between diatonic scales and modes--

The major and minor scales may have the same notes in them as modes, but modes are a precursor to the diatonic scales--they M/m scales can be used in ways that the modes cannot be used--

Through the use of changing harmonies, they make it possible to change the tone center of the melody to any of the other scale notes, without changing the underlying tonality of the melody--

Another way of saying this is that in the key of C major, you can change the tone center of the melody to B and you ear still "hears" it resolving back to C--

The G7 scale is called a Dominant Scale, not a Mixolydian scale--because it has this special relationship to the C scale--

Other things that major/minor scales do that modes don't, is allow for the possibility of key changes, and allow the melody to be change from major to minor, or for a melody phrase to repeat with one of the intervals raised or lowered--

Also, it would be good if you make some attempt to explain what the nature of those 160 scales that Bruce O keeps mentioning---

Anyway, well begun (Big Grin)