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DB-16 Musical Scale Modes Matrix

I can never seem to remember all of the scale modes, so since teaching something seems to be the best way to learn I decided to create a musical scale modes chart to help drive this home.

Per Wikipedia, “The modern Western modes consist of seven scales related to the familiar major and minor keys.

Although the names of the modern modes are Greek and some have names used in ancient Greek theory for some of the harmoniai, the names of the modern modes are conventional and do not indicate a link between them and ancient Greek theory, and they do not present the sequences of intervals found even in the diatonic genus of the Greek octave species sharing the same name.

Modern Western modes use the same set of notes as the major scale, in the same order, but starting from one of its seven degrees in turn as a “tonic”, and so present a different sequence of whole and half steps. The interval sequence of the major scale being T-T-s-T-T-T-s, where “s” means a semitone (half step) and “T” means a whole tone (whole step), it is thus possible to generate the following scales:”

Musical Scale Modes Matrix
E MajorEF#G#ABC#D#
B MajorBC#D#EF#G#A#
Eb MajorEbFGAbBbCD
Ab MajorAbBbCDbEbFG
Db MajorDbEbFGbAbBbC
Gb MajorGbAbBbCbDbEbF

DB-15 Music Reading Basics via Logic Pro

Watch The Video Lesson

This is lesson DB-15 Music Reading Basics, aka Real, Real, Basic Music Theory, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as an adult double bass student.

See the video for a few pointers about the rudiments of reading music.

The illustration below shows how the various values of notes and rests discussed in the video relate to one another.  If you want, click here to download the PDF.




Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

The Wisdom of Sirach

Today’s Old Testament Mass Reading

Sirach 15:15-20

If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you;
if you trust in God, you too shall live;
he has set before you fire and water
to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand.
Before man are life and death, good and evil,
whichever he chooses shall be given him.
Immense is the wisdom of the Lord;
he is mighty in power, and all-seeing.
The eyes of God are on those who fear him;
he understands man’s every deed.
No one does he command to act unjustly,
to none does he give license to sin.

Chron’s/Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

I haven’t said much about this publicly in the past, but I have Chron’s/ulcerative colitis (UC) and it is great to see the therapy that basically saved my life get some validation and recognition.  The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).

What’s even better is that this recognition is coming from our very own Seattle Children’s Hospital!
Dr. David Suskind, a gastroenterologist at Seattle Children’s hospital, had been searching for a more appropriate and efficient solution for treating IBD that is free from chronic side effects. Recently, the researcher found a perfect way for treating IBD. His research, published in the Journal of […] Continue Reading…

Happy New Year World!

Hallelujah Chorus iPhone Ringtone

By the way, I created an iPhone compatible ringtone of the Hallelujah Chorus.  If you’d like a copy, you can find it on my music store page.

The Coming Hallelujah Chorus

I must have listened to more Christmas music this year than normal, plus we attended the Seattle Symphony’s concert of Handel’s Messiah because I got inspired to do some recording.   During the holiday down time (does that really exist anyway?) I got to work doing my own pop/rock arrangement and instrumentation of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.  Most of the tracking is completed, but I haven’t gotten into the mixing phase yet.  But I think even without that it is sounding pretty good.  Here is a snippet, the final few bars everyone loves as a ringtone in case you want […] Continue Reading…

Sounds of the Season

Managed to capture this clip of the US Navy Band Wind Trio playing Jingle Bells prior to their free Christmas concert at the Everett Washington performing arts center.  They were members of the US Navy Band Northwest based at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor located in Silverdale, Washington.

Only 6 Days Until Christmas

…..Concert at Northwest Music Hall featuring the Evergreen Community Orchestra conducted by Marcin Pączkowski!!

When:  Sunday 12/11 at 2:30 pm PST
Where:  NW Music Hall, 1402 Everett Mall Way, Everett, WA

Evergreen Community Orchestra

Here are a few pictures from Evergreen Community Orchestra’s Sunday concert.  The music included:

What’s Up at the Symphony? (Bugs Bunny’s Greatest Hits)
Star Trek Through the Years
Harry Potter
An der schönen blauen Donau, Op.314 (aka The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss Jr.)
The Game of Thrones
A Tribute to John Williams


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