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    Question Confused about modes

    Hi,

    For some time I thought I did understand about modes, but after I read EricV's article "Modal Pentatonics" http://www.ibreathemusic.com/article/178 I became a little bit confused.

    The C Major scale is C D E F G A B C and the D Dorian scale D E F G A B C D. I hope I'm right so far.

    Eric wrote in the article "...the only difference between the D minor scale and the D Dorian Scale is that D Dorian has a Bb instead of a B, on the 6th degree."

    Where does the Bb in the Dorian scale come from?

    Holger

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holger Persch

    Where does the Bb in the Dorian scale come from?
    Bb comes from D minor, B is from D Dorian - hence the difference
    (just a mistake which is no big deal cos it's pretty clear what Eric is talking about)
    Last edited by Zatz; 02-09-2006 at 10:12 AM.
    Zadd9 -> A6 -> T#9b5 -> Zmaj7

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    Ok, that was a dumb question. But it was too easy, so I didn't thought about a simple typo.

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    Someone once told me, there are no dumb questions. Just Stupid people

    The modes, although obvious once you understand them, can be confusing at first.
    I havnt read the article in question, but maybe i can put it to you in another way.
    The dorian mode is simply another way of playing a certain scale. In this case D. So just take the D major scale. D E F# G A B C#. And flatten the 3rd and 7th Degrees(this is the Dorian formula). which are F# and B. Having done that, you now have D E F G A B C, D Dorian.

    This formula can be applied to any major scale.
    Its not the techniques you use, but the music you make.

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    I found a great explanation of modes at http://www.theorylessons.com/modal.html and after I read it I finally understand the "Strictly Locrian" thread.

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