Modal Scale Interpretations Pt. 2

author: xonty date: 11/01/2012 category: music theory
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Modal Scale Interpretations Pt. 2
This particular part talks about melodic modal scales which is essentially the melodic minor key being played from different starting notes which are used in the same way as modal scales. For example, A melodic minor is: A, B, C, D, E, F#, G#, A. A melodic Ionian (major) scale - for example - would be the same but starting on C (C, D, E, F#, G#, A, B, C).

The A melodic minor scale played on 1 string (with the root note starting on the open string) would be played like this:
0-2-3-5-7-9-11-12
The interval degrees played would be:
1, 2, b3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
These 2 ways of writing the scale will be how I will format the examples... Melodic Locrian (B Modal)-
0-1-3-5-7-9-10-12 - 1,b2,b3,4,5,6,b7,8
Melodic Ionian (major) (C Modal)-
0-2-4-6-8-9-11-12 - 1,2,3,#4,#5,6,7,8
Melodic Dorian (D Modal)-
0-2-4-6-7-9-10-12 - 1,2,b3,#4,5,6,b7,8
Melodic Phrygian (E Modal)-
0-2-4-5-7-8-10-12 - 1,b2,3,4,5,b6,b7,8
Melodic Lydian (F Modal)-
1-3-4-6-7-9-11-13

The Melodic Lydian semitone intervals can all be lowered by one to make a proper scale:
0-2-3-5-6-8-10-12 - 1,2,b3,4,b5,b6,b7,8

Melodic Mixolydian (G Modal)-
(1-2-4-5-7-9-11-13)

The Melodic Mixolydian semitone intervals can all be lowered by one to make a proper scale:


0-1-3-4-6-8-10-12 - 1,b2,b3,b4,b5,b6,b7,8
These scales are not officially used but I figured them out and occasionally use them along with the set of scales in the next parts (although some of these scales have already been created and been given different names, unrelated to modal scales).
More xonty columns:
+ Modal Scale Interpretations Pt. 1 Music Theory 07/19/2012
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