Music Theory articles
Synthetic scales from natural modes - Harmony Basics - Part 65
In the previous article I introduced synthetic scales, which made us dig up an element of scales and modes which we had already touched upon before: tetrachords. So before we move on I think it's important to highlight the interest of splitting scales and modes into tetrachords and then put them back together.
Synthetic scales - Harmony Basics - Part 64
Last time I told you we would discover a couple of somewhat particular scales: the harmonic major and double harmonic major scales. But they belong to a larger group called synthetic scales, which I think we should discuss before we move into these two specific cases.
Harmony Basics - Part 63 - The modes of the harmonic minor scale - Part 2
Today we'll continue studying the modes of the harmonic minor scale we began last week. I invite you to discover with me...
Harmony Basics - Part 62 - The modes of the harmonic minor scale - Part 1
After having studied in the previous article the altered modes of the melodic minor scale, today we'll look into those of the harmonic minor scale.
The modes of the melodic minor system - Harmony Basics - Part 61
After the brief deviation in the last installment, it's time to continue with our favorite altered modes.
The return of the return of the pedal - Harmony Basics - Part 60
Dear friends, do allow me to open a brief parenthesis in our harmony series with this article.
Altered modes, the specific case of the half-diminished… - Harmony Basics - Part 59
You might be wondering why I'm writing about these scales as a "particular case" even though I hadn't mentioned them when talking about the altered and Bartok scales. Well, these two scales often lead to a quite legitimate confusion so I decided to straighten things up and write an article to clarify things before moving forward. Even if that mean…
Altered modes, the specific case of the Bartok scale - Harmony Basics - Part 58
In the previous article we started studying two particular cases among altered modes. Remember that altered modes are those built from a scale that is not major. The two cases in question are the altered scale and the Bartok scale. After having explored the first one in the previous installment, today we'll study the second one.
Altered modes, the specific case of the altered scale - Harmony Basics - Part 57
In the last article, I introduced you to the modes of harmonic and melodic minor scales. Before we begin to study each of them, I invite you to discover two of them more in detail right now, namely the altered and the Bartok scale. Today we'll begin studying the first one.
Introducing altered modes - Harmony Basics - Part 56
In the previous article we made a brief pause in the study of the characteristics of the different modes to introduce two particularly useful forms of writing in the modal system: the pedal and the ostinato.