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Question For Ed Lucie #2019880
12/05/08 10:46 PM
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It's taken me longer than it should have but I'm so comfortable with the seven major modes now that I can do them in my sleep. Therefore I was so grateful to see Mr. Lucie's article about the minor modes so that I could keep growing as a player. But I did come up with a question that displays my noobishness.

Why do we refer to there being three groups or sets of minor modes? Isn't the first one just a formality derived from the seven major modes? It's specifically the Aeolian mode too, after all. I'm a chemistry student, not a music theory expert, so please enlighten me! Is it just another way to wrap this stuff under the fingers through reinforcement?

Re: Question For Ed Lucie [Re: 1111000] #2022400
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Cassius, you might be better asking ED direct through messaging his MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/edlucie

Personally, when I'm playing in A minor and using the natural minor/aeolian mode, I am very much playing in terms of A as the tonality and not just playing C major - even though it's the same notes.

There are even tunes written in the other modes of the major scale such as D dorian - where the tonality is very much D rather than just being the same s C major.

Ed will put it much better!

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Just understood your question, sorry if I missed it before.

Yes, the modes of the natural minor are, as you say, identical to the major modes so nothing new to learn.

I'm thinking Ed included them because (a) you need to know what modes are available when you're in a minor key and more importantly (b) it allowed readers to make a quick and easy comparison between modes of harmonic, melodic and natural minors on the same degrees.

I hope the answer is somehow covered in these two responses. I beg forgiveness for my presumption to explain on the behalf of Ed who knows a million more things about music than I do. I should know, I had a few lessons with him.

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12/14/08 02:32 AM
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Actually Phil, both of your responses were helpful. Thanks.

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Glad to be of service.


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