Here is an exercise that I practice a lot. It runs through the 7 traditional modal scales: Lydian, Ionian, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, Phrygian and finally, Locrian. Using the key of C as an example, we start with a Lydian scale (C, D, E, F#, G, A, B). I drop the F# to F natural making the scale C Ionian. Drop the B to Bb and the scale becomes Mixolydian. Drop the E to Eb, the scale becomes Dorian. Continue lowering scale degrees by a half step (A becomes Ab- Aeolian, D becomes Db- Phrygian, G becomes F#- Locrian, C to B- Lydian)  and we eventually replace all of the notes of the key of C with the notes from the key of B. We start the same pattern again with a B Lydian scale. Does this exercise have any practical application? Other than sounding cool and being a good finger workout, I have no idea. But who cares? Try it out, you might like it…


05. March 2014 by james
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