Modal Tonics

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Who should learn this skill?

This is a powerful concept that help composers convey authentic emotions in any key by using modes.

Primary Concepts for This Skill

  1. Tonics are the tones/pitches at the beginning of a key/scale.  C is the tonic of C major or C minor.
  2. Modal tonics are the tones/pitches at the beginning of a mode.  Modes are extracted from scales.  For example, the ‘Dorian’ mode is extracted from the major scale and simply treats the 2nd scale degree of any major scale as the ‘tonic’.
  3. Modal tonics are helpful when writing a modal melody.

Pre-Requisites (Recommended Only)

This skill is so fundamental that it has no pre-requisites.  Word to the wise… learn this first :)

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