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Thread #59200   Message #4080591
Posted By: leeneia
22-Nov-20 - 11:04 AM
Thread Name: Relative Minor Key signatures?
Subject: RE: Relative Minor Key signatures?
You're welcome, Dr. Word.
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The modes were probably developed in an attempt to help people learn music, but they don't seem to be much help. I suppose the idea was to convey the general sound of a piece, but to an amateur that's not much help. To understand the modes, you need to understand keys, and if you understand keys you don't need the modes.

The modes have become mere curiosities for us early-music & trad fans who get a little thrill when we spot one. Meanwhile, our folkie friends are playing the music without giving modes a thought.