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Thread: Description of this video I saw

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    dwest2419
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    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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPOvL...feature=relmfu

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    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.

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    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.

    Code:
    Major Scale Box Pattern
    
    E|---7---|--R(8)-|-------|---2---| 1st string
    B|-------|---5---|-------|---6---|
    G|---2---|-------|---3---|---4---| 
    D|---6---|-------|---7---|--R(8)-|
    A|---3---|---4---|-------|---5---|
    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.

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