Synthetic Scales – Part XX

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This week we are going to look at the modes derived from the Locrian Natural 7 scale. This scale is based on the Locrian scale but raises the b7 to a natural 7th. This change gives us a semi-tone step back to the root note. Like last week, 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 Ionian #6 scale and is a Mode. It is the 2nd mode of the Locrian Natural 7 scale.

If we continue this exercise (starting from each note) we can complete the following table for all the modes of the Locrian Natural 7 Scale:


So there you have it, all 7 modes of the Locrian Natural 7 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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