Messiaen’s 5th Mode [of limited transposition] is well known for it’s semitones, two major 3rds and it’s tritone possibilities.
Messiaen’s 5th mode [Non Transposed]
Messiaen’s 5th Mode Extended
Making Scalic runs: Messiaen mode 5:
The next concept is to mirror the intervals and create an atonal sounding contrapuntal study. This is a great compositional device.
Cross Picking/ Chordal Picking: Notice the use of Tritones.
Picking pattern = “Down Down Up”
Cross Picking/ Chordal Picking: With an open G string.
Messiaen 5th Mode: Scale to chord Imitation device.
Messiaen 5th mode: 3 octave scale imitation descending line
Cross Picking part 2: Using 4 note tritone chords.
Picking pattern =”Down Down Down Up” Cross
Notice the two open strings :
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