Music Theory feature articles
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.
Pedal and ostinato in the modal system - Harmony Basics - Part 55
In the last couple of articles we started to see how modes work, especially considering their harmonic characteristics and the cadences which support them.
Modal cadences 2 - Harmony Basics - Part 54
In this article we'll continue on the same path as last week, reviewing the characteristic cadences of each mode.
Modal cadences 1 - Harmony Basics - Part 53
There's probably not one single article in the first 45 articles of this series, which dealt essentially with the tonal system, where I didn't mention cadences.
Harmonic rules for the Aeolian and Locrian modes - Harmony Basics - Part 52
In the previous article you saw the rules for the Phrygian, Lydian and Mixolydian modes. Today we'll look at the Aeolian and Locrian modes.
Harmonic rules for the Phrygian, Lydian and Mixolydian … - Harmony Basics – Part 51
In the previous article we started to discuss the specific rules that apply to the different harmonic modes. Today we'll continue with the Dorian, Lydian and Mixolydian modes. If you just took up reading the series, I recommend you to refer to article 46 to understand better what I'm talking about here.
Harmonic rules for the Ionian and Dorian modes - Harmony Basics - Part 50
In the previous articles we began to study the different means to identify modes. As we continue our way into the depths of modal harmony, today we'll start discovering the harmonic rules that determine these modes.