Monday, April 23, 2007

Scale of the Day: C Dorian


The C Dorian Scale as one would find it on any conventionally tuned, equal tempered instrument. This is an extremely common scale and should be pragmatically well under the fingers of any working musician.

Of the seven diatonic modes, the Dorian is the only one to contain all intervallic inversions - i.e. the major second and minor seventh, the minor third and major sixth, and the perfect fourth and perfect fifth. This quality gives the Dorian its unique symmetry and places it squarely in the middle of the light-to-dark spectrum of the seven modes.

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