Modal (music)

Modal in the music is a not completely uniformly used name for scales or music pieces. In detail one understands by it the following:

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earlyGreek Aulos modes

Modale tendency also is inSynonymously for the earlyGreek Aulos modes.

medieval modes

basis of medieval making music practice, particularly Gregorian Chorals warden the different modes, in former times also kinds of church clay/tone mentioned. Today still the most important: 1.) ionisch (also jonisch), 2.) dorisch, 3.) phrygisch, 4.) lydisch, 5.) mixolydisch 6.) äolisch, 7.) lokrisch.
Besides there is still hypodorisch, hypoionisch etc.

modale pieces do not stand for jazz in a certain kind of clay/tone (e.g. C major). Thus different scales arise , e.g. with equal lasting signs. ionisch over C or dorisch over D.

With the modalen play way in the jazz (Modaler jazz) over a scale and not over the harmony sequence of the topic one improvises. A modales piece uses uniform scales, z. B. always dorisch, this develops however on different basic tones. Thus usesRun over D in the same piece other signs than over E.

Irish music

in the Irish music is used gladly an alternative tendency of a guitar. Instead of E A D G H E one uses the tones D A D G AD and plays harmonies, whose sound sex (Dur/Moll) is not certain, since the third is missing. These tendencies are likewise called modal.

The term is partly used synonymously for diatonisch. While diatonisch as criterion regards the clay/tone distances, modal the function of the tones regardsin the harmonies. Descriptive is meant with it:
A scale is diatonisch because each clay/tone a complete clay/tone or a half-tone is higher than its predecessor.
A scale is modal because each clay/tone results due to a harmony, e.g. is the 2.Clay/tone the Quinte over the dominant factors, the 3. Clay/tone is the third over the Tonika etc.


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