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Understanding Modes in Music. I want this tutorial on modes to be different – I want it to be more useful than any other one you’ve read… First of all I’m not going to list the modes or name them. You’ll see why. Ok, let’s go! They are usually presented as scales – but that gives you the wrong impression of what they REALLY are. Modes are in fact – tonalities. Yes, it’s a scary sounding word – but don’t worry it’s not a scary idea. Here’s a very quick definition of what a tonality is – it’s important so don’t skip ahead, ok,? A tonality is a group of notes that is used as the basis for a harmonic system. “Harmonic system” sounds fancy, I know, but it just means a group of notes that that is organised in a certain way, for the purpose of making music. For most people this means a system you can use to create melodic lines and chords (those being the basis of a lot of music).

If the group of notes in the tonality have a distinctive pattern to them, then they will also have a distinctive sound. Nothing more than that. By doing. Determining chord progressions in a song. Interval Ear Trainer. Interval Ear Training. Outline of basic music theory - www.oscarvandillen.com. Professional music theory: an outline of basic music theory. Preface and Chapter 1 of the Outline of basic music theory – by Oscar van Dillen ©2011-2014 The beginner’s learning book can be found at Basic elements of music theory. Overview of chapters: Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Sound and hearing Chapter 3: Musical notation Chapter 4: Basic building blocks of melody and harmony Chapter 5: Consonance and dissonance Chapter 6: Circle of fifths and transposition Chapter 7: Concerning rhythm, melody, harmony and form Chapter 8: Further study Preface This outline offers a concise and complete overview of basic music theory.

In order to speed up consulting this online book, its chapters can as of now be found on separate pages; unfortunately the original one-page version exceeded acceptable download times, because of the length of the total materials presented. . © Oscar van Dillen 2011-2014 Chapter 1: Introduction integrating hearing-reading-singing-writing. Free chord music, lead sheets,fake music, piano music and midi files. The Guitar Master :: Interactive Circle of Fifths :: 1.) Click on a key name (C,D, Ab, G# etc…) to spin the circle until that key is at the top. The name in the red oval should always be the key you are interested in so make sure it is at the top. You are now working in that MAJOR key. 2.) Once the key you are interested in is at the top, the following statements are true: - Names to the right of the dividing line are the names of the notes in this major scale. - Names to the right of the dividing line including the chord types (major minor or diminished) are chords in this major key. - The mode names (lydian, locrian etc…) are positioned near names of major scales required to achieve that mode for the key in question. - The name at 3 ‘o’ clock is the relative minor (key, chord or scale) to the major key in question.

It comprises all the same notes (for the scale or chord) and chords (for the key) as the major key in question. Example1 Let’s say we want to know how to play an E phrygian scale. 1.) Example2 Example3 I hope you find this useful. Musical Scales. Theory. Interactive Circle of Fifths. Music Theory For Songwriters. 6 Apps & Websites to Get Your Ear in Shape. If you followed along with us a few weeks ago, you know how much interval ear training can help you as a musician and how to get started with training itself.

If you haven't read it, head on over to Boot Camp for Your Ear. This time, we're going to look at a bunch of applications and websites that will help you with regular ear training sessions. Most of these go beyond intervals, of course. This article was previously published on the AudioJungle blog, which has moved on to a new format in 2010. 1. Ricci Adam's MusicTheory.net is a well-respected site that offers loads of great lessons and trainers. It has an Interval Trainer and an Interval Ear Trainer in the menu, so be sure to pick the one with "Ear" in it—unless you want to learn to see intervals on sheet music.

Check it out here. 2. Auralia is pretty popular, especially among music educators. Auralia is available for Windows and Mac. 3. Auralia is available for Windows and Linux. 4. 5. Check it out here. 6. Check it out here.