Standards: Lesson 8

Lesson 8 – the Dorian and Myxolydian modes, call and response and “Glenrothes”

Pythagoras (a hip cat from a previous generation) figured out these modes and the emotional effect the sequence of steps and half steps have on the ear. So although they are thought of as being “contemporary”, that isn’t the case. Miles used them to great effect when he changed the face of jazz with “Kind of Blue” in 1959, and now in 2010 you can get your fingers round them in this lesson (Although we can listen to Miles on CD, sadly ol’ Pythagoras failed to make it to the recording era by several millenia)

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