The Dorian Mode is the second mode of the Diatonic Major Scale. Let’s look and listen to it with a bit more detail.
A Man. A Plan. A Canal. Panama. This is one of my favourite palindromes (and one of my favourite The Fall Of Troy songs). But there are other palindromes in music as well. In this article, we will discuss palindromic scales and mirror modes.
Try reversing or “mirroring” the order of intervals in any given scale. Reversing the order of intervals in a palindromic scale will produce the same scale. Otherwise, we will end up with a new ‘mirror scale‘ that is on the opposite side of the brightness/darkness spectrum.
This idea of the bright/dark spectrum of scales adds another layer of thinking in the way we write and improvise with these scales.
With that brief primer out of the way, let’s get into the article on palindromic scales and mirror modes!
This is an article inspired by a great musician and YouTuber named Adam Neely. In the linked video, the discussion turns to the idea of brightness and darkness in chords and scales and introduces the idea of the Dorian Brightness Quotient.
Simply put, the Dorian Brightness Quotient describes a scale’s brightness (or darkness) compared to the Dorian mode. Of course, there’s more to it than that, and more to discuss, so let’s get into it!
Musical brightness and darkness is something that has been on my mind lately. This idea of a ‘musical light spectrum’ is really interesting. I call it a spectrum, but it’s actually cyclical and doesn’t necessarily work with absolutes. Brightness and darkness are relative ideas.
The concept of brightness and darkness in music theory is applied to chords, scales, and harmony in general.
In this article, we’ll discuss the idea of musical light: brightness and darkness!
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about modes, modal composition, and modal arpeggios. Studying modes and modal composition has been fulfilling and inspiring in my musical journey. And I’d like to share a concept I’ve been using in my music. What I call modal arpeggios!