Basic Music Theory
office is cheerful, the light reflecting off of whitewashed walls and ceiling.
A pattern mimicking musical notation in colors runs along the tops of the walls,
shelf upon shelf rising from the floor to meet it. Desks, cabinets and
filing drawers are arranged about the room, workplaces for those whose job it is
to keep the harpers and hall in order. The air is fresh, tangy with sea and
hides and well-seasoned woods. The window looks out over
blinks in from ::between::! Amber Lightshine swoops up to a shelf to listen. If
Lightshine preens and thinks this is all very cool.
back and shakes her head and laughs. "Are you sure I need /all/ this
to be an effective performer? But, I am still
grins and shrugs. "You can get by just playing by ear...But knowing
what I'm doing ensures that even on my bad days I don't sound too awful..."
laughs. "Okay....well, that's why I'm here...to learn from the
best..." She smiles broadly, her green eyes twinkling.
nods. "Ok. We haven't gotten to minor scales, really,
yet. Do you know the different types?"
her head. "No...basically most of my previous training dealt only
with the major scales."
Caramak grins broadly. "Then it's time you learned...Personally, I think there's a whole lot more you can do with minor keys than major...Just in the fact that you can play any of the minor scales or minor modes...We'll get to modes in a minute. But the most basic minor scale is 'natural minor', which is the same as a major scale started on the sixth note...So A natural minor has the same notes as C major."
to Jayla. "Darn right I am. The other way to get a minor scale
is to take the major scale and lower the third, sixth and seventh. It
produces the same effect, it's just a different way to think about
it...Whichever way is easier, use."
Caramak nods. "Now, that's natural minor. Harmonic minor is the same as natural minor, only with the seventh raised. So G to G# in A minor. Which is a rather unusual scale, in that it has not just whole steps and half steps, but a minor third between the sixth and seventh."
nods. "A harmonic minor would be one that you would use if you wanted
a song to get someone's attention, wouldn't it...sorta create a mood or feeling
so the song would be more memorable? Such as something satirical?"
Lightshine always uses harmonic minor.. or at least when the harpers around her
are trying to play in major.
grins. "I like harmonic minor, personally. It's definitely a
good way to get attention."
"Anyway, there's one more common form of minor, and that's 'melodic'
minor. Which is /really/ odd, it's different going up and going
down. Going down, it's the same as natural minor. But going up, the
seventh and sixth are both raised again, so in A it'd be F# and G#..."
"Hmmm....is that something that you use very often?"
Caramak nods, "It's fairly common, actually. The point of the different ascending and descending scales is that if you're resolving a phrase to the tonic, you want a half-step resolution from below, hence the raises seventh. And the sixth raised as well to eliminate the minor third gap. And when you want to resolve a phrase to the dominant, E in A minor, you want the half step resolution from above, so you want the F natural..."
nods her head. "Okay, that makes sense... It goes back to what you
told me at the first....you're bringing everything to a
Caramak nods. "So there are seven modes derived from the major...the first one is just a major scale, called the Ionian mode. The second is Dorian, the third Phrygian, then Mixolydian, Lydian, Aeolian, and Locrian. And these scales take their qualities from their triads. So dorian, phrygian and aeolian are minor...Aeolian, I should also point out, is the same thing as natural minor, just under a different name."
considers. Hm, where to go next...? "That's a whole lot to
absorb for one lesson, Jayla. I could go on to all sorts of different
types of chords and scales that have no relation to major scales, to 7
flat 9 chords and stuff...But I'm a little worried about overloading you."
grins. "Yes....you've given me plenty to remember for one day...I
hope you can tell how much I've learned the next time you hear me play!"
grins. "So do I...Getting fluent with all this stuff is a lot of
work, and not often too much fun..."
Jayla looks up
and smiles. "Well, I don't know about you, but I use a glass of wine
Caramak nods. "So could I. Mug or Cloudscraper?"
walks out into the ballroom.
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