At 10:20 PM 9/7/98 EDT, you wrote:
>These modes are older than the
>standard scale. Right? However, the standard scale has become the framework
>to "note" the tunes. It is THE famiIlar teaching mode. Right?
>Originally no written material, so the standard scale was superimposed on the
>oral tradition of the music? However, a more musically correct form, of the
>written version would be the mixolydian or dorian modes.
The "standard" scale -- the major scale -- is just another mode that became
*very* popular ;-). Major (ionian) and minor (aeolian) are just as much of
Greek modal philosophy as mixolydian et al. You can be just as orally trad
in any of the scales. The only recent imposition (scale wise) on the music
has been the Tempered Scale ... which posits that the same amount of
"space" should exist between each note. But today, whether you're playing
major or minor or modal, we're still using the tempered scale.
As for supressing the oral tradition ... I think we ought to get Mulder and
Scully on this. The truth is out there, Anne Marie. Anyone know the URL?
Gary "It's Very Early In the Morning" Chapin