The Melodic Minor scale gives us a whole new range of modal possibilities.
Today I’m taking a break from the modes series and writing a post on intervals and scale degrees. Although intervals are kind of ‘boring’ as far as theory goes (not ‘cool’ like modes or fancy jazz harmony) they do form the basis of everything in Western music. They are some of the fundamental stepping stones to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the music we play and love (I’ll get back to fun modes stuff next week 😉 ).
This post looks at applying modes in the context of melodic construction (such as in composition or improvisation) over a predefined chord progression. Specifically we are going to learn about scale choices, and finding the most appropriate modes and scales for given chords. In fact, modes and chords are really just two different ways of thinking about what is essentially the same thing (so its definitely worth making sure that your chord theory is up to scratch).
Ok, one last post on modal theory… then we can start getting in to the practical stuff.
Lets explore the interval structure of the modes.