Harmonising the Dorian Mode video: Please watch for explanation:
In the exercises below you will see how to make the dorian mode sound “Jazzy”. We do this by harmonising the scale [Mode] in chords made of 4ths.
Not all are perfect 4ths though as you will see in the example below:
Here is the Dorian mode harmonised in 4ths. This use of 4ths creates what is known as quartal harmony.
C DORIAN MODE HARMONISED IN 4THS [QUARTAL HARMONY]
C DORIAN MODE BROKEN UP INTO 4THS
C DORIAN MODE “CHORDAL PICKING” IN 4THS
For more on the dorian mode, quartal harmony and modal jazz in general take a listen to the great Jazz pianist Mcoy Tyner.
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