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Melodic Minor Modes 5 & 6

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Again, fabulous job Papa Gates! A lot of cool applications for these two lesser known characters.

Oddly enough, I like the Locrian Natural 2 sound over the "ii" chord in Minor as well as Major. The Natural 9 in the "ii" chord, is the Major 3rd of the "I" chord as Papa Gates noted, so it makes you think that you are going to a Major "I" chord which is why that sounds best to most people, but the surprise of going a minor "i" chord can be very impactful. Note that "I" and "i" are both used as the Roman Numeral "One" and are pronounced as such but lower case denotes minor, and upper case, major.

If you do resolve back to a "I" major chord, try playing the Mixolydian b6 mode over the "I" chord. It's very unique and isn't recommended for most contexts but it will give you a deeper palette to paint from and should be experimented with nonetheless.

Mess around with these modes and progressions by first analyzing them, learning them in all positions, and finally, playing along to the backing tracks located in the "content" menu in the lesson player.

Share with the class. It's more important than ever as we start to explore these really advanced concepts and techniques and one 5 minute lesson with some rambling from yours truly is merely a jumping off point to get you studying intensely with each other to better understand and apply the material. So go be active in the "Discussion Thread" below, we can't wait to check you out!
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Brian Haner Sr.