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Ravenspiral Guide to Music Theory

Ravenspiral Guide to Music Theory

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Published by S J Bennett
The Ravenspiral Guide
an informal guide to musical composition
containing all that is worth knowing about anything musical* formerly known as the Raven's Spiral Guide to Music Theory Version 0.6 (13 May 2007) Latest version kept at http://www.ravenspiral.com/ravenspiralguide.pdf

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Preface.................................................................................................................................................. 2 0.0 Basic notations..........................
The Ravenspiral Guide
an informal guide to musical composition
containing all that is worth knowing about anything musical* formerly known as the Raven's Spiral Guide to Music Theory Version 0.6 (13 May 2007) Latest version kept at http://www.ravenspiral.com/ravenspiralguide.pdf

Table of Contents
Preface.................................................................................................................................................. 2 0.0 Basic notations..........................

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The way you can derive chords from scales, you can also derive palettes of chords from modes. The
Ionian and Aeolian, aka the major and minor scales, we've just done, so let's see what other chords
we get. In this table, you can also read any mi7 chord as a minor triad, any ma7 chord as a major
triad, and any mi7b5 chord as a diminished triad. For instance, in the Dorian mode if you want a chord
rooted on the fifth note, it can be either Vmi7 or just Vmi.

Dorian:

Imi7

IImi7

IIIma7

IV7

Vmi7

VImi7b5VIIma7

Phrygian:

Imi7

IIma7III7

IVmi7

Vmi7b5VIma7

VIImi7

Lydian:

Ima7

II7

IIImi7

IVmi7b5Vma7

VImi7

VIImi7

Mixolydian:

I7

IImi7

IIImi7b5IVma7

Vmi7

VImi7

VIma7

Locrian:

Imi7b5IIma7IIImi7

IVmi7

Vma7

VI7

VIImi7

Jazz takes this particular breakdown even further, citing chords enharmonic to the following for the C
major scale: Cma7, Dmi7, E7sus4b9, F7b5 (or F7#11), G7, Ami7addb6, Bmi7b5. Spelling the chords
very specifically lets the jazz player know which mode he's meant to be playing in. Or something.

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