Every conversation you’ll read about modes has to do with improvisation and improvising over them.
But nobody writes about using modes as a songwriting tool!
More specifically, how do you write modal chord progressions and compose music that ‘sounds’ modal?
I’ve been studying this, off and on for a year or so and here’s what I can tell you:
1. Functional harmony is out the window.
Take whatever concept of V - I you have, and throw it out. Most of the ‘resolution’ chords in modal composition are NOT going to be a V to a I.
2. There are chords you’ll either want to avoid or alter.
If you’re in C major, we all know a G7 is going to functionally lead to a C. So, if you’re trying to write something in E Phyrigian… you’ll want to either avoid that G7 or alter it somehow. Same goes for the vii diminished chord.
3. Rather than modulating keys, you can certainly modulate modes.
I’m still looking into this, but I’ll get back to you on it.
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its annual report on the rates of measles in the United States. Thanks to spurious claims about the dangers of vaccinating children…
You’re not a scientist, America. Stop being STUPID.
Cats do this because its a hunting instinct to snap the neck of their prey.
*the more you know*
It’s a murderer instinct but holy shit it’s so cute.
Fun Fact: The little shaking move they do when they pick up toys in their mouths is the one for snapping necks.
This one’s actually for disemboweling. And it’s adorable.
The cutest murder machines ever.
(Source: cutest-cats, via damnthemisery)
On this day in music history: December 7, 1991 - “Black Or White” by Michael Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks. Written by Michael Jackson and Bill Bottrell, it is the twelfth solo chart topper (sixteenth overall) for “The King Of Pop”. Issued as the first single from “Dangerous”, the track will be supported by an elaborate eleven minute long short film directed by John Landis (“Thriller”). The clip will have its broadcast debut simultaneously on MTV, BET, VH1, and the Fox television network on November 14, 1991, drawing a record breaking viewing audience. However, the extended dance sequence of the film will draw controversy due to several scenes of Jackson rubbing and grabbing his crotch as well as destroying a car and breaking windows. The singer will issue a statement the next day apologizing, stating that “the violent and suggestive behavior was an interpretation of the black panther’s animal instincts”. The controversy will not hurt the song’s airplay or sales. It will end up being the fastest rising single on the Hot 100 since The Beatles “Get Back” in 1969. Entering the Hot 100 at #35 on November 23, 1991, it will pole vault to the top of the chart two weeks later. Jackson will also become the first artist in history to have number one singles in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. On the UK singles chart, it will be the first single to enter the chart at number one since Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never” in 1960. It will also hit number one in seventeen other countries, and will be ranked the top single of 1991 by Billboard Magazine. “Black Or White” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
I remember this like it was yesterday. It was aired, following ‘The Simpsons’, if I recall right. (Back when you didn’t miss the show)
I had been playing guitar for .. maybe a year and during the videos first few moments of the video, Macauley Culkin makes an appearance, playing a brand spanking new, Ernie Ball Musicman EVH model. I had read in Guitar World that Slash played guitar on this track (I think) and I vaguely recall seeing him in the video.
The section at the end of the video was just fucking weird and out of place. You had this fancy, huge budget video, with cutting edge effects…. and then MJ claims he’s doing an art piece at the end? Maybe so, but it was so out of place, it was stupid. MJ danced, grabbed his junk and made noises, yelled at shit and broke stuff. Ok then…
This was probably the last time MJ would have such a huge hit. The last part of the video, combined with the oncoming reports of child abuse would be the nail in the coffin for his career.
Double Dare had all the best prizes, right?
I had that Garfield phone!