Synthetic Scales – Part XIX

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This week we are going to look at the modes derived from the Aeolian bb7 scale. This scale is based on the Natural Minor Scale but flattens the b7. This change gives us an interval of a minor 3rd back the root note. The modes of this scale give us some interesting variations on some of the other common modes we have studied in past articles.


This new scale is called the Locrian bb6 scale and is a Mode. It is the 2nd mode of the Aeolian bb7 Scale.

If we continue this exercise (starting from each note) we can complete the following table for all the modes of the Aeolian bb7 Scale.


So there you have it, all 7 modes of the Aeolian bb7 Scale, and you can play them in any key, just start on the note you want and play the correct intervals!!

As always, have a go at playing the scales yourself, it always helps to get the sounds of each in your head and your fingers!!

Until next week, have fun!!



-Duncan Richardson - MU Columnist


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