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  • The modes of the melodic minor system
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    The modes of the melodic minor system

    09/20/18 in Music Theory

    After the brief deviation in the last installment, it's time to continue with our favorite altered modes.

  • Harmony Basics - Part 60
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    Harmony Basics - Part 60

    09/03/18 in Music Theory

    Dear friends, do allow me to open a brief parenthesis in our harmony series with this article.

  • Harmony Basics - Part 59
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    Harmony Basics - Part 59

    08/21/18 in Music Theory

    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…

  • Harmony Basics - Part 58
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    Harmony Basics - Part 58

    08/20/18 in Music Theory

    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.

  • Harmony Basics - Part 57
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    Harmony Basics - Part 57

    08/15/18 in Music Theory

    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.

  • Harmony Basics - Part 56
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    Harmony Basics - Part 56

    08/08/18 in Music Theory

    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.

  • Harmony Basics - Part 55
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    Harmony Basics - Part 55

    08/02/18 in Music Theory

    In the last couple of articles we started to see how modes work, especially considering their harmonic characteristics and the cadences which support them.

  • Harmony Basics - Part 54
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    Harmony Basics - Part 54

    07/30/18 in Music Theory

    In this article we'll continue on the same path as last week, reviewing the characteristic cadences of each mode.

  • Harmony Basics - Part 53
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    Harmony Basics - Part 53

    07/24/18 in Music Theory

    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.

  • Harmony Basics – Part  51
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    Harmony Basics – Part 51

    06/26/18 in Music Theory

    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.