Just a few a ground rules first...

Promotion, advertising and link building is not permitted.

If you are keen to learn, get to grips with something with the willing help of one of the net's original musician forums
or possess a genuine willingness to contribute knowledge - you've come to the right place!

Register >

- Close -
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Description of this video I saw

  1. #1

    Description of this video I saw

    I couldnt understand what the guy was talking about in this video here. What did he mean by Cmajor scale over an A bass note? Like after seeing this video left me clueless


  2. #2
    Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Quote Originally Posted by dwest2419 View Post
    What did he mean by Cmajor scale over an A bass note?
    The C major scale is: CDEFGABC

    when played over an A tonal centre (such as an A bass drone) these notes relate to A in the following way:

    A B C D E F G A
    R 2 b3 4 5 b6 7 R

    This is the A natural minor scale or also called the A Aeolian mode.

  3. #3
    Registered User Malcolm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Deep East Texas Piney Woods
    What I got from it.

    Understand your confusion. It's a convoluted example of using both relative and parallel modes methods, and not describing how very well. But, basically he is saying run your modes in one key over a pedal note. Which is good advise.

    Let's look at it like this.

    Generic scale degrees of the 7 modes.

    Ionian R-2-3-4-5-6-7 same as the major scale. The major scale is the home bass for all major modes.
    Lydian R-2-3-#4-5-6-7 - notice one note difference.
    Mixolydian R-2-3-4-5-6-b7 - again one note difference.

    All the minor modes have Aeolian - the Natural Minor scale as their home base. Want Dorian use the natural minor scale and sharp the b6 back to a natural 6.

    Aeolian R-2-b3-4-5-b6-b7
    Dorian R-2-b3-4-5-6-b7
    Phrygian R-b2-b3-4-5-b6-b7 Notice the sound of Phrygian as he played it over the pedal note. That is the point of using a pedal notes. Go back and listen to that.
    Locrian R-b2-b3-4-b5-b6-b7.

    Major Scale Box Pattern
    E|---7---|--R(8)-|-------|---2---| 1st string
    E|-------|---R---|-------|---2---| 6th string
    Little more -- He said Play A Dorian now move two frets and play the G major scale - same thing. Well, let's see.

    The A scale is A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G#. A Dorian would flat the C# and G# and becomes A-B-C-D-E-F#-G. And that does leave you with the G major scale -- G-A-B-C-D-E-F#.

    What he said is correct, throwing in that G major scale analogy was just too much information. More than was necessary and I too had to step back and analyze what he said.
    Last edited by Malcolm; 11-05-2012 at 07:48 PM.

Similar Threads

  1. I dont understand ii-v-i after seeing this video
    By dwest2419 in forum Getting Started
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-06-2012, 01:47 PM
  2. Remembering 9-11, my band's music video
    By Draven Grey in forum iBreathe Cafe
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-15-2011, 07:15 PM
  3. Video of my Berklee audition... feedback please!
    By Schakmusic in forum iBreathe Cafe
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-27-2010, 11:43 AM
  4. Slapping / popping tuition video?
    By Mr JJB in forum Bass Technique
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-06-2010, 06:19 PM
  5. Classic John Scofield Band Video (Blue Matter)
    By zildjidan in forum Guitar Technique
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-23-2009, 09:06 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts