I made an album in a day using EVERY mode

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I had 3 hours left in the recording studio so, with nothing prepared, I composed and tape-recorded 7 solo piano tracks, every one utilizing a various significant scale mode.

View the complete efficiency of all 7 pieces here:.

You can likewise stream the 7 pieces on Spotify:.

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0:00 the challenge.
0:47 C Ionian (major scale).
3:25 D .
5:55 E .
7:30 my HDpiano course.
8:07 F .
10:52 G .
13:05 A (natural minor scale).
16:03 B .
20:29 Conclusion.

I made an album in a day using EVERY mode

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  1. I should probably do this. Easy to learn the modes

    Assuming after i start learning the piano

    1. no need to try to reach those pesky black keys with your pinky am i right?

  2. Funny thing: I’ve had this idea of writing an epic with each section being in each mode of the major scale! The title I have in mind is a work in progress though: “I Don’t Particularly Like My Applejuice, Lucas”

    1. @@OwenToms-og6bm It was more inspired by Pink Floyd. More or less their song “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” but come to think of it, my title does have a Frank Zappa feel to it

  3. I made a song using the Whole tone scale i appreciate these types of videos with the thought process behind it. I find that whenever i make music its very delibrate like im thinking about every interval and stuff so i appreciate more improvised style’s of song making

  4. Very cool! Mixolydian is an easy favorite, it’s honestly easy to sound amazing in that mode and you nailed it — really liked the 12/8 shuffle !!

  5. One thing I like to do in Locrian that helps it sound a lot more “normal” (so to speak) is to make the tonic chord a minor 7th chord, but without the 5th, which is totally legal within the mode and makes the mode sound somewhat stable because you remove the tritone, which is very cool.

    It kind of puts me in the mind of jazz artists that traditionally sometimes leave out the fifth in their upper extension chords, and it still sounds like the actual chord because the mind kind of fills in the 5th sometimes. It might seem like cheating, but having that minor 7th in the tonic chord really goes a long way in making the resolution to the tonic sound “correct” and still gives you all those creepy intervals to mess around with!

    I have a song that I’ve written that goes from this fifthless minor 7th chord to a dominant 7th VI chord in Locrian, which to my knowledge isn’t a chord change that’s technically available in any other mode of the major scale. For example, if you’re in B Locrian, you could go from Bm7(no5) to a G7, which is a very interesting sound that you can’t really get anywhere else without borrowing from another mode (again, as far as I know.)

    Figuring that out really opened up my understanding and utility of the Locrian mode, and I’ve never heard anybody else use anything similar! If it sounds cool to anyone in the comment section (that includes you David) free to steal it free of charge 😉

    But in all seriousness, if any of this makes zero musical theory sense, please let me know…because it kind of feels like cheating, but it seems legit as far as I can tell, lol. David, if you’d be interested in letting me know what you think of it, please let me know. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile and I haven’t been able to get any professional opinions on it!

    Thanks! 😄

    1. The band King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard used exactly the same thing on the last song on their modal album Ice Death Planets Lungs Mushrooms And Lava. The name of the track escapes me though.

    2. ​@@JeremiahPickardMusicI believe you speak of Gliese 710, good sir. Melt the ice

    3. @@JeremiahPickardMusic I’ve listened to that whole album and I had no idea they used that particular trick! But it makes total sense, it’s such a neat little hack that makes Locrian sound so “normal” that I really have no idea why I haven’t heard it explained as such.

      I had a sneaking suspicion that I wasn’t the only person to come across it…after all, “there’s nothing new under the sun,” and all that, lol. But it might be *new enough* that all the folks who seem to not know *what the hell to do* with Locrian might not have come across the “drop the fifth on a minor 7 chord” technique, and I feel like it could really change the way that people think about the Locrian mode if they used it.

      EDIT: Okay, just relistened to Gliese 710 and it’s so obvious from the very first chord! I’m surprised I didn’t realize they were doing that when I first listened to it, but that kind of just shows how you don’t always really *hear* the fifth in a chord (or lack thereof.)

    4. I’ve written classical music in locrian by having my tonic chord just be m3. No 5th or 7th. I did have to make the harmony sparse in other chords in order for it to feel correct though.

    5. There’s no such thing as cheating! Don’t let a theoretical constructs become a straight jacket!

    1. ​@@badgasaurus4211 they’re obviously using “like” as a filler rather than a comparative, stop being pedantic

  6. Honestly, Locrian was my favorite. Ive always liked the unsettling sound of it, and i just don’t think it gets used enough. So hearing a nice, beautiful piece in Locrian that really captures it well was very nice.

    1. Its very haunting and dark, if used correctly its very beautiful as well

  7. Really big fan of your videos and way of explaining music David!

    I’ve been wanting somebody to explain each mode to me, the way you did it by explaining the feel and character of each was just what I needed! Many thanks!

  8. I love what you did with locrian, man such an awesome sound. As well as your lydian piece, both unstable and hard to use but done very well, keep up the good work.

  9. This is insane, need to retitle: “I made an album in ONLY THREE HOURS using EVERY mode!!!” GLORIOUS!!!

  10. As a typical piano nerd, this video was like Christmas Day. ❤ Such gorgeous compositions and informative, too. Loved your aeolion piece best. 😊

  11. I like how this teaches a lot about the composing/improvising process.

  12. Locrian could’ve been in a silent movie scene where an unhappy farmer’s daughter decides to go to the big city, maybe persuaded by a silver tongued huckster.

  13. the amount of talent and knowledge just to make Locrian so euphonious and mysterious is huge

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