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January 21, 2012 | December/January Mandolin Sessions: Minor Mysteries

eschliman-t (1).jpgThe Major Scale is completely intuitive to the Western ear. It's when you get to the Minor modes one is easily tripped up by those awkward theory "rules." Lower the 3rd yes, but rais the 7th? Raise the 6th on the way up but not on the way down? What to do with that gangly augmented 2nd between the 6th and 7th scale degree?

We always propose going back to the aural and contextual roots of music theory and the Minor Scale is no exception. In the recent Mandolin Sessions entry, we go over some of these barriers and make them practical.

Enjoy: Minor League: Making the most of Minor Keys

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Posted by Ted at January 21, 2012 6:50 AM

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