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Disecting Scales #2

Hector Merced (1816) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1

Okies, after doing more work with modes, I'm starting to see great use for them intervalistically, still havn't got the hang of hearing the individual personality of each mode. Now since in the last lesson we worked with the javaneese scale, we'll do so again this time, here is your degrees.


Now with just the intervals, you can find what chords you can play with the the key note as the root by comparing it to the intervals of the chords, but if you want to know what chords the scales support with b2 as the root, you will need it's second mode with it's true intervals. I usally do this by finding the scale in C since, since it has no sharps or flats, finding the notes is quick.

C C# D# F G A A#

Ok so that the Javaneese scale in key of C, the first step tof inding the chords with b2 is to find the scale starting on the b2, which would be it's second mode.

C# D# F G A A# C

That's for the sake of simplicity, the JavaMode2 scale, now we need to find it's intervals.


Now that is the first possible mode you can find for the javaneese scale, with this you can find all the chords that fit in the scale that use the b2 as the root. This gives you a broad assesment of the scale, making you able to apply the same ideas to the scale in any key without doing the whole figuring of the chords over again.