Transposing modes.
Last Post 07 Mar 2011 12:30 PM by jmil. 2 Replies.
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    06 Mar 2011 10:44 AM
    So I think I finally have a small grasp on modes, but I have a question about using the transpose button to find them. For example if i was to use Mixolydian mode G-G all white keys (correct me if I am wrong) and I transpose it to a different root note is it still considered Mixolydian mode? Like if I transpose to C it is no longer all white keys so does the mode change or is this "illegal" in music theory? Sorry if I sound like an idiot, but apparently the schools I went to thought music teachers weren't worth the money so I never learned this stuff. Thank god for the internet and books.
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    06 Mar 2011 01:41 PM
    You are 100% right, no matter where you move the mode the space between the notes stays the same and therefore it's the same mode. Take the G Mixolydian and transpose up a half step and it's the Ab Mixolydian etc. Yup, you got it! No laws broken at all, that's the idea. Now you can move that melody so a singer can sing it (physically in a key that's good for them) or a horn player can play it (same reason) or a guitar player can play it (they usually only know fingerings in 3 keys or so) etc. That's the idea. You got it.
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    07 Mar 2011 12:30 PM
    awesome. thanks again A.G.C. I'm off to the lab!
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