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Where can I find information on modes and modal tunings?

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Question:

Where can I find information on modes and modal tunings?

Answer:

A great place to start learning about modes and modal tunings is Roger Nicholson's article in the 1996 Dulcimer Players News.  The link to the archived DPN issues is below.

 

In an effort to keep it simple, here are some notes about modes on a dulcimer with "D" tunings with no extra frets.

D Mixolydian

DAD tuning

Frets and notes in mode:

0    1    2    3    4    5    6     7

D   E    F#  G    A    B   C#  D

---------------------------------------------------------------

D Aeolian

DAC tuning

Frets and notes in the mode:

1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8

D    E    F    G    A   Bb  C    D

----------------------------------------------------------------

D Locrian

D A# A# (seldom used and tunings vary among players)

Frets and notes in the mode:

2   3    4    5    6     7    8    9

D  D#  F    G   G#  A#  C   D

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

D Ionian

DAA tuning

Frets and notes in the mode:

3   4    5     6    7   8    9   10

D   E   F#   G   A   B   C#   D

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

D Dorian

DAG tuning

Frets and notes in the mode:

4    5     6    7   8    9   10  11

D    E     F   G   A    B   C     D

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

D Phrygian

DAF tuning

Frets and notes in the mode:

5     6    7   8    9     10   11   12

D    D#   F   G   A     A#   C     D

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

D Lydian

DAE Tuning

Frets and notes in the mode:

6    7    8     9     10   11   12      13

D    E   F#   G#   A     B     C#     D

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dave

1996 Dulcimer Players News

 

 

Edited by dholeton

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Ken Hulme wrote an article several years ago called The Uncontrite Modal Folker that was a good overview of Modes, Modal Tunings, and how they apply to the dulcimer.  It was on the original Everything Dulcimer.  You can find him on Facebook.  If you ask, he'll probably give you a copy.  

Edited by NoterMan

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