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[Study Pack] Applying Modal Color to Your Music – Major & Minor Modes

Original price was: $49.99.Current price is: $39.99.

In this lesson package, we will take a close look at six* of the seven modes and study their applications in music. We will begin by understanding what modes are and learn how to find them in a major scale. By exploring individual modes – each with dedicated examples – a student should be able to quickly create musical emotions** using modes by the end of the lesson.

 

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Overview

In this package, we will take a close look at six* of the seven modes and study their applications in music. We will begin by understanding what modes are and learn how to find them in a major scale. By exploring individual modes – each with dedicated examples – a student should be able to quickly create musical emotions** using modes by the end of the lesson.

*One of the modes, Ionian, is identical to the major scale pattern; it is built off the first note of the major scale. Since we assume that you are already quite familiar with it, we decided to omit a close study of Ionian.

**Of course, the interpretation of a mode/scale as bright or dark is fairly subjective, especially in a piece of music. Different people might perceive certain modes to feel darker or brighter than indicated in this chart. For instance, some may feel that Ionian sounds brighter than Lydian. In this lesson package, we have taken the liberty of associating each mode with a few adjectives that describe its typical usage. We hope you find these descriptions more helpful than limiting as we explore.

What’s Included

  • 11 Music Scores (Concert Pitch) [PDF] – 3 Large Ens., 8 Small Ens.
  • 11 Audio Files [MP3/320kbps]
  • *Mini Book [PDF/66 Pages]: An in-depth exploration of major/minor modes & Comprehensive text analysis for all musical examples.
  • Quizzes – Self-assessment quizzes are included for each study pack, allowing you to gauge your understanding of the content and enhance your comprehension.

*Mini Book provides a clickable URL that leads directly to the audio, enabling instant playback. Please ensure an internet connection is available.

 

Included in the package are downloadable audio files, music scores, and text analyses of the musical examples. Within this package, you’ll find the full-length editions of the lessons we covered (or will cover) in our posts. The topics covered here include:

  • Introduction (Brief History of Modes / Creating a Mode Quickly / A Mode for Every Mood / Musical Examples with Obvious Usage of Modes)
  • Lydian Mode – Ethereal, Light, and Dreamy (Ex. 3-1, Ex. 3-2)
  • Mixolydian Mode – Bluesy, Modern, and Cool (Ex. 3-3)
  • Dorian Mode – Shadowy, Hazy, and Curious (Ex. 3-4, Ex. 3-5, Ex. 3-6)
  • Aeolian Mode – Tragic, Ominous, Dramatic, and Determined (Ex. 3-7, Ex. 3-8)
  • Phrygian Mode – Spanish, Exotic, and Passionate (Ex. 3-9, Ex. 3-10)
  • Locrian Mode – Dark, Unsettled (Ex. 3-11)

 

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • What is a Mode?
  • Brief History of Modes
  • Tips) Functional Harmony
  • Finding Modes
  • Creating a Mode Quickly
  • In Conclusion
  • Overview of the 7 Modes of the Major Scale
  • 3 Major Modes, 3 Minor Modes, and 1 Diminished Mode
  • Theory In-Depth) Diatonic
  • A Mode for Every Mood
  • Tips) Character Note
  • Theory-in-depth) Locrian Mode
  • Major Modes
  • Lydian Mode – Ethereal, Light, and Dreamy 
  • Tips) Lydian’s Dreamy Quality
  • Theory In-Depth) Cadence Chords in Modal Music
  • Ex. 3-1 Lydian Composition Example #1 🎧 [AUDIO]
  • Tips) Finding the Melody in Piano Music
  • Ex. 3-2 Lydian Composition Example #2 – Aerial Landing 🎧 [AUDIO]
  • Tips) Shifting Harmony Around – Moving from F to A/E
  • Mixolydian Mode – Bluesy, Modern, and Cool
  • Ex. 3-3 Mixolydian Composition Example 🎧 [AUDIO]
  • Minor Modes
  • Dorian Mode – Shadowy, Hazy, and Curious
  • Tips) ♮6 of Dorian
  • Ex. 3-4 Dorian Composition Example #1 🎧 [AUDIO]
  • Ex. 3-5 Dorian Composition Example #2 – Modal Music with Dorian 🎧 [AUDIO]
  • Diatonic Chords of E♭ Dorian Mode
  • Tips) Harmonic background layering in Ex. 3-5 (❺)
  • Ex. 3-6 Dorian Composition Example #3 – Modal Interchange 🎧 [AUDIO]
  • Tips) Parallel Minor 29
  • Tips) 6th vs. 13th 32
  • Aeolian Mode – Tragic, Ominous, Dramatic, and Determined
  • Ex. 3-7 Aeolian Composition Example #1 🎧[AUDIO]
  • Using a Pivot Chord
  • Theory In-depth) Relative Keys
  • Ex. 3-8 Aeolian Composition Example #2 🎧[AUDIO]
  • Phrygian Mode – Spanish, Exotic, Passionate
  • Ex. 3-9 Phrygian Composition Example #1 (C Phrygian) 🎧[AUDIO]
  • Ex. 3-10 Phrygian Composition Example #1 (G Phrygian) 🎧 [AUDIO]
  • Theory in Depth) ♭2 and ♮5
  • Locrian Mode – Dark, Unsettled
  • Ex. 3-11 Locrian Composition Example 🎧 [AUDIO]

Score Notations

  • To ensure brevity and clarity, we utilize “condensed scores” for large ensemble/orchestral compositions. For instance, instead of notating individual brass instruments separately, we condense them into a single staff labeled as “high brass.”
  • Certain musical notations, such as breath markings for winds and brass, harp tuning, piano pedaling, etc., are not explicitly indicated in the scores.
  • Most transposing instruments, like clarinets and horns, are written in concert pitch to avoid confusion. However, some instruments in our scores produce sounds at a different octave than written (e.g., the Contrabass sounds an octave lower, and the Glockenspiel sounds 2 octaves higher).
  • Whenever feasible, we include chord symbols in the scores to provide a summary of the harmony. However, in cases where the music doesn’t easily translate into traditional harmony, we omit chord symbols.
  • While percussion plays a vital role in many arrangements, our lessons primarily focus on harmonic concepts. Consequently, percussion notation is generally omitted.

 

Before You Buy

  • License – Personal use only. Do not distribute.
  • Each purchase allows for up to ten downloads. If you need additional downloads, please reach out to us here.

 

Additional Resources

Additional resources related to this topic. / *Video lessons, text analyses, score PDFs, and audio files can be found on our partner site, Behindthescore.org.

 

[Study Pack] Applying Modal Color to Your Music – Major & Minor Modes
Original price was: $49.99.Current price is: $39.99.