Music Theory for Recorder: Scales/Modes

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How to Build Music Scales

YouTube Video: Music Theory Crash Course

Defines half steps, whole steps, and major, minor, and chromatic scales.

The Three Flavors of Minor Music Scales

YouTube Video: Music Theory Crash Course

Defines melodic, harmonic, and natural scales.

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C Major/A Minor Scales

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F Major/D Minor Scales

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G Major/E Minor Scales

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B Flat Major/G Minor Scales

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D Major/B Minor Scales

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Major Key Exercises - NA

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For Sopranino and Alto recorders. Exercises in the Major Keys of C, F, G, D and B flat - extending the scales and introducing thirds and the tonic chord.

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Major Key Exercises - ST

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For Soprano and Tenor recorders. Exercises in the Major Keys of C, F, G, D and B flat - extending the scales and introducing thirds and the tonic chord.

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Major Key Exercises - BC

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For Bass and Contrabass recorders. Exercises in the Major Keys of C, F, G, D and B flat - extending the scales and introducing thirds and the tonic chord.

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Major Key Exercises - G

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For Great Bass recorders. Exercises in the Major Keys of C, F, G, D and B flat - extending the scales and introducing thirds and the tonic chord.

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E Flat Major/C Minor Scales

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A Major/F Sharp Minor Scales

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A Flat Major/F Minor Scales

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E Major/C Sharp Minor Scales

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Enharmonic Keys

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D Flat Major/B Flat Minor Scales
C Sharp Major/A Sharp Minor Scales

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What is a Mode?

YouTube Video: Jesse Strickland

A quick explanation of the modes.

Intro to Medieval Modes

YouTube Video: Paige Garwood

A college lecture that lays out the basics of medieval mode theory. The lecture starts at 3:30.

Understanding Modes

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Introduction to Modes

YouTube Video: PianoPig

This presenter gives modern numbers to the modes that are not to be confused with the medieval Church Mode numbers mentioned in the NOTES.

Modes in the 16th and 17th Centuries

YouTube Video: Early Music Sources

This is a detailed historical presentation of the history of modes and how  the major minor scale system came to replace them. 

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C Modes

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F Modes

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