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15-Sep-2003

Random thoughts from music theory

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 11:46 pm

Earlier today, I thought of a good mnemonic device to remember the six main medieval musical modes in order, starting with the major scale:

“I Don’t Particularly Like Modal Analysis.”
(Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian)

I didn’t throw Locrian (the 7th mode) in there, because it’s very rarely used… though you’re welcome to post your own ideas in the comments.

3 Comments »

  1. Sounds a lot like the one our music theory class uses: I Don’t Particularly Like Modes After Lunch. (yep, it’s got Locrian in it) There’s also one about delivering pizzas on Mondays that I can’t quite remember…heh, I guess it’s not of much use then. =)

    Comment by Elise — 18-Sep-2003 @ 9:19 pm

  2. Iommi Does Pentatonic Melodies And Licks.

    Comment by wolfdog — 25-Oct-2003 @ 9:01 pm

  3. >I didn’t throw Locrian (the 7th mode) in there, because it’s very rarely used…

    Go listen yourself some …And Justice for All.

    Comment by wolfdog — 25-Oct-2003 @ 9:02 pm

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