Messiaen Mode 6 Lesson/analysis/how to use it

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Messiaen mode 6 as used for this presentation.

Messiaen mode 6 notation and guitar tab
Messiaen mode 6 with six transpositions

Messiaen’s 6th mode is great for manipulating “Diminished” and “Augmented” intervals.

Messiaen mode 6 notation and guitar tab

Mode 6 allows for this to be sequenced easily

Messiaen mode 6 Diminished and Augmented Sequences

Below is a descending Augmented sequence

Messiaen mode 6 Augmented descending sequence

For common sequences: The Augmented sequences move in tones whilst the Diminished sequences move in minor 3rds.

Although, Diminished intervals can move in semitones and tones. For Example:

Messiaen Mode 6 Diminished intervals in Semitones

Messiaen 6th mode

Getting back to our common sequences we can see below the brilliance of diminished intervals moving in minor 3rds with the employment of the simple triplet figure.

Messiaen mode 6 Diminished sequence

More examples of mixing up the Augmented and Diminished ideas to avoid the cliches and develop something fresh sounding

Messiaen mode 6 diminished and augmented mix
Messiaen mode 6 diminished and augmented mix

We can also make interesting intervallic motifs from the notes of the Messiaen mode 6

Messiaen mode 6 intervallic sounds
Messiaen mode 6 intervallic sounds
Messiaen mode 6 intervallic sounds
Messiaen mode 6 intervallic sounds
Messiaen mode 6 intervallic sounds

Finally, we can employ a contrapuntal counterpoint “Mirror” compositional device to really manipulate this brilliant 6th mode of Messiaen.

Messiaen mode 6 Contrapuntal Mirror Compositional device

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Alternate Picking beginners Scale exercise lesson

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This simple alternate picking exercise employs a C major scale starting with the note G on the sixth string of the guitar that ascends to the C note on the 1st string of the guitar. This scale then descends back to the G note on the 6th guitar string.

You can think of this scale as G mixolydian or C major starting on the note of G. But, in this lesson it is just a convenient way to cross all 6 strings of the guitar to gain fluency.

Alternate picking beginners newbies Scale exercise lesson

Another useful way to create forward movement is to accent the 5th note of each 6 note [or 2 triplets] groupings.

Alternate picking beginners guitarScale exercise lesson

Lastly, we can double the scale and create a longer line.

Alternate picking beginners guitar Scale exercise lesson

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Visualisation for Music

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Visualisation for Music/Inner game of Music

In this video I talk about musical visualisation and internalisation and how it helps me. The internalisation of music helps with the external performance of music by directing the music out from inside ourselves so that we can articulate it through the external instrument we are playing.

In terms of solo performance this is an invaluable concept.

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A Response: to “MAJOR” Modal transposition and improv:Parent Key

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The idea that starting on a different note/degree of the C major scale gives you the modes of C is not correct.

Modes of the Major Scale

As I have written about in many other posts and Vlogged in many other videos the modes have to be transposed. The parent key or root note will then be C. So for example.

[C] D E F G A B C D =D dorian and NOT C dorian

To transpose this we can say if D is the second note of C [or two 1/2 steps up from C] then what is C the second note of [or two 1/2 steps up from]? Well, it would be Bb

So we have the Bb major scale starting on C

C D Eb F G A Bb C

Now, lets take 4 chords to play over with C as the parent key or root note. Notice that C ionian [Major] only exists in one bar [Bar 3]

Modes of the Major Scale

Now let’s put these chords into a chart and acknowledge the fast moving harmonic rhythm of 2 chords per bar and 2 chord changes per bar.

Modes of the Major Scale

We will now create an improvised line to play over these chords.

Modes of the Major Scale

Same line Double Timed

Modes of the Major Scale

The first 4 notes

Modes of the Major Scale

The second 4 notes

Modes of the Major Scale

The penultimate set of 4 notes

Modes of the Major Scale

The last 4 notes

Modes of the Major Scale

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AL DI MEOLA ALT/DOMINANT GUITAR LINE[REH VIDEO]

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The Key to Learning this type of Awkward Interval Line: Part 1

Break up the line bar by bar [or in half bars] and count time 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and as you play.

Al Di Meola REH Guitar Video altered Dominant guitar lick lesson

Counting basic time will reveal where the “On” beat is and where the “Off” beat is.

It will also tell you where the “Down stroke” and “Up stroke” is whilst you are alternate picking.

Counting time also helps us visualise and feel the string skipping intervals in our wrists and fingers.

This bar is a good example because it is quite awkward and very un-guitaristic. So, again count time as you play through it.

Al Di Meola REH Guitar Video altered Dominant guitar lick lesson

OKAY: NOW FROM THE TOP:

The first bar is quite straight forward, but you will need to change fingers on the 4th beat from the 4th to the 3rd finger.

Al Di Meola REH Guitar Video altered Dominant guitar lick

Next we have the fist string skipping bar.

Al Di Meola REH Guitar Video altered Dominant guitar lick lesson

Bar 3 we have more string skipping and awkward fingering and intervals.

Al Di Meola REH Guitar Video altered Dominant guitar lick lesson

The next two bars are straightforward with no string skipping.

Al Di Meola REH Guitar Video altered Dominant guitar lick lesson

LICK LINE COMPLETE:

Al Di Meola REH Guitar Video altered Dominant guitar lick: G7alt or

Al Di Meola REH Guitar Video altered Dominant guitar lick

Lick taken from

Al Di Meoal REH Video alt dominant guitar line lesson

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