Modal Scale Interpretations Pt. 2

This series of posts shows how the modal scales can be interpreted into different scales. They do not exist in theory but are good to use.

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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:
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)-

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)-

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).

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    Mate, do we need another one of these blind "I start on this note and now I'm super exotic" articles? Some may say melodic lydian, others may say minor scale with a flat 5 accidental. Why even call it lydian if it's quite obviously nothing to do with lydian, in functionality or sound. I won't bother disecting the rest, you're most likely playing all of these over a song in A minor resulting in a total of one new scale with 7 different names.
    I agree, just because you play a certain interval, it doesn't make it modal, especially if in the end you resolve to a note other than the root.