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In Theory why do these mode examples work

Discussion in 'Tab & Music Forum' started by spyglass, Oct 20, 2017.

  1. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
    I once wrote a peice called Locrian Tourbus. Based on a minor7b5 chord as the tonal center. The one that has root on 5th string is really neat voicing. (Its the same as 9th chord with 3rd on 5th string).
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  2. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Lost Planet Airman Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 26, 2010
    Scott La.
    I'm also using over the minor 7b5 chord... well it's the notes from the appegio... but it can just be a dominant 7th also... or a 9th without the root. It goes a few places ...

    My fortune cookie says " From error to error, one discovers the entire truth".... go figure
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  3. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Well Locrian is the 7th degree. The on the nose use of it is over a full dim or half dim chord.

    In the key of C, try B locrian over a Cmaj7. Or G Mixolydian. Or E Phyrgian.
    Cmaj7 = C-E-G-B. 1-3-5-7. :D
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  4. pyronym

    pyronym Strat-Talker

    May 14, 2013

    the obvious which you get...
    To me it looks like he's playing an A major triad over an A base note. then he plays a bminor triad over an a base then a c# minor over an a base etc... the A drone works because it allows the chord tones to resolve to the scale tones in A major(Ionian), it's just like saying we're in a ionian... playing a bminor but don't forget we are in a ionian.... now a c#minor but still in a ionian.... and a dmajor but still in a ionian....

    to the why it works with the open e...
    I guess it just makes it more modal if you are droning an e over the A scale chord tones you are making it have a mixolydian home since it's the fifth mode of A.

    If you put a capo on the 2nd fret and just covered the 5th and 6th strings you could drone the b over the same triads from the a scale and you'd get a dorian mode of A major type of sound

    if you moved the capo down to the C# and played the same triads you'd get a Phrygian sound

    so on and so forth....

    I think that's right... I sounds right to me.... but that's just youtube vids talking so there's just as good of a chance i'm wrong lol
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  5. pyronym

    pyronym Strat-Talker

    May 14, 2013
    does that sound like the correct explanation? I feel like it clicked for me so i'd like to know if it's wrong?

  6. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    The E is dominant. That's why it works. :D
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  7. pyronym

    pyronym Strat-Talker

    May 14, 2013
    droning any note from the scale works over all of the triads though was what i was getting at...

  8. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Maybe. Maybe not. Depends on who is listening, and who is playing. "Works" is different for everyone. :D
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  9. davidKOS

    davidKOS Musician Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    If all you play are the diatonic chords in any major scale over the tonic drone, it all works.

    In classical music it's called "pandiatonicism":

    "Pandiatonic music typically uses the diatonic notes freely in dissonant combinations without conventional resolutions and/or without standard chord progressions, but always with a strong sense of tonality due to the absence of chromatics."

    So any note sounds OK with the drone - A tonic OR E dominant.

    "The following musical works include pandiatonicism.
    Now, my own theory take on this.

    Let's stay in A major.

    Play the tonic.

    Scale degrees 1-3-5. A C# E.

    Add the notes of the V chord, which is an E, E G# B.

    Stack them up, so you get A C# E G# B.

    What chord is that? A maj 9. lovely sound.

    But it is a I and V chord at the same time. It does not work in all musical styles, but when it does fit in, well, it's a really rich sonority.

    If that's not enough, play an E chord, the same E G# B.

    Now stack the IV chord on top of the V and adjust for octaves:

    E G# B D F# A.

    Now we get a sweet E 11th chord.

    That's not enough.

    Make the IV chord a full maj7th, D F# A C#. (as in add the I chord - A C# E, the E is already in the V7 chord)

    E G# B D F# A C#.....E 13.

    We have now used ALL the notes of an A major scale in one chord. A B C# D E F# G# - the 11, 5, 13, dom7, tonic, 9th, and M3rd of the V7 chord. Plus it is the I, IV and V& all at once.

    No wonder it works over a I or V drone.
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  10. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Great stuff David.
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