What makes modes different? When do you use them? How do you use them? Is this song in a mode?
This book is for everyone who has heard of modes and doesn’t know what to do next. Take advantage of how harpers use the same hand position for major and minor chords: change your levers or pedals to hear the differences between Lydian, Ionian, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, and Phrygian on the same strings. Available in hard copy or PDF.
- Learn the two or three essential chords at the foundation of each mode.
- Understand how to identify the mode or modes a piece is in.
- Experiment with exercises for improvising, composing, and arranging in each mode.
- Compare 40 color-coded pairs of scores in contrasting modes.
- Get lead sheets for 29 modal pieces from over a dozen nations.
- Add your own harmonies to 15 additional melodies.
- Find key signatures, scales, and chords for all the modes on a fully levered harp tuned in flats.
- Use simple graphics to visualize the music theory behind the modes.
- Practice segueing between modes and meters.
This book contains practical information for all musicians and is written especially for harpers. The scores are in keys from two sharps to three flats. They fall within the range of a 22-string harp starting with the lowest note of G below middle C. 161 pages.
Keys & Length:
Three flats through two sharps (D major, G major, C major, F major, Bb major, Eb major)
Most pieces are one page or shorter. Some exercises take up three pages.
Fits on a 22-string harp starting with G below middle C
Advanced Beginner: Comparisons between Ionian and Aeolian require three lever changes. There are no RH chords. No LH chords are required, but some chords are used in the LH scale examples. Mostly 3/4 and 4/4; some 6/8.