Is mixolydian a key?

Hey, this is Jake and welcome to my very first Q&A video. I've gotten quite a few questions over the last few months as I started this YouTube channel, and I've answered some of them in the threads but I've gotten a lot that I figured could use a little bit more elaboration and that takes way too much typing.

Hey, this is Jake and welcome to my very first Q&A video. I've gotten quite a few questions over the last few months as I started this YouTube channel, and I've answered some of them in the threads but I've gotten a lot that I figured could use a little bit more elaboration and that takes way too much typing.

So if you want to find your way into these videos in the future, you can get a hold of me on Twitter taking questions. They're obviously in the comments here and also through my patreon. Those are the questions that get prioritized to videos like this. So I want to start off. The first question is from Fairy and fairy says I saw that you're using reason as a DAW and as an experienced, Youngster, that's a compliment.

What kind of software do you propose to use for making Advanced types of music? I mean not only loops and beats with all respect to the Fruity Loops guys.

I really do recommend using reason as a doll. I think you can really produce an entire song in that and still have it sound professional a good example of that is the song on my channel Armageddon is on that's mainly electronic and I program that all in reason but they're all are real guitars that that come in on that song and the main riff that you hear that weird plinky Middle Eastern he kind of thing. Is actually done with a guitar recorded directly into reason and then chopped up using some of the cool effects that the reason dr. Octo Rex sampler has to offer so I was able to reverse like specific slices of my playing I was able to adjust the octave and the filter on each one of those slices lots of cool stuff like that and I really think reasons very versatile. I think it's a fairly cheap price to for a level of software like that and I've had zero technical issues with it. I've had zero Hardware or software issues with it. It's very stable program and they're not paying me to say this. I am just a A huge fan of propellerheads reason I honestly it's just great software to use.

However, you will see me using Ableton as well because I am more comfortable doing live orchestration like, you know, live instruments vocals and guitar and bass. I am more comfortable doing that in Ableton and processing that signal in Ableton Live.

However, as soon as it leaves the guitar or the base or the vocals, I'm pretty much in reason the entire time so for creating sound effects or creating synth lines all that sort of stuff, so I highly recommend the program so Rodrigo Yo on my video about mixolydian Flat 6. He said I think maybe you shouldn't be telling people to not use the diminished chords as you might be inadvertently telling them to not explore stuff. That sounds weird and you're totally right. I shouldn't tell you to not use diminished chords and I hope it didn't come across that way. You should be exploring with everything especially if it's completely harmless like something like a diminished chord, you know, but the purpose of my videos are is to try to get to like the fun stuff right away, you know, I don't want to Wade through lots and lots of you know boring. Rules and Theory just to get stuff. That sounds good. And for most people it's a little easier to sound good when you're avoiding things, like diminished chords and augmented chords those have their place and obviously as a musician you want to study and advance to that level.

But you know, if you already kind of have a Mastery of that stuff, then you're probably not watching videos like this to learn more about composition.

So, you know, I'm trying to kind of balance that between getting right to the point and having the fun stuff and also skirting around the advanced Theory Concepts that you know, maybe these videos will get into later on foamer tax says who cares about the concept Heart pulling songs using this Cadence without the knowledge but with the feeling, so he's talking about my video on the miter plagal Court change, which is when you go from a major four chord to a minor four chord and then back to the one and really the minor play goes just the minor forward of the one there. And that's great man. That's great that you wrote a song without having the knowledge and still having the feeling in there. The problem is that when you want to repeat that having the knowledge really helps out. You know what I mean? If I want to do that same effect in the key of G. I know how to do. Do it. I know that hey my four chord is C.

So I'll just borrow the four chord of C minor and then I'll resolve back to one and I'll just get that same effect. So the knowledge helps me read, you know replicate this stuff. It helps me communicate it to other musicians. I can say hey, we're borrowing the for record. I can take a plane to the minor four chord. They know what I'm talking about and it's easy to transpose. So that knowledge is very helpful and it doesn't hold me back from writing that in the future. So in my opinion, there's really no reason to be proud of the fact you don't have the knowledge and there's really no reason to Just not absorb that knowledge because it's just gonna make it easier to replicate those things later on in the future. The low end our asks isn't mixolydian a mode. Why do you keep referring to it as a key? You did the same with minor harmonic. I heard their scales.

You're absolutely right. They are mixolydian is a mode but I also like to think of it as a key and that support an important concept.

Yes, mixo-lydian is the same thing as playing a major scale just starting on the 5th note, but that to Me loses the point and this is the whole point of composing with mixolydian.

And pretending that it's it's own key. All right, when you treat something like its own key, then you have a tonic and your kind of exploring things around that tonic on your find a way to get back to that tonic. And when you do that off of the fifth tone, like in mixolydian the affect the whole package is a different effect than if you were just doing that in major or minor or Dorian. So yes, they're all related. That's mixolydian is the fifth mode of the major scale. But I also want people to think of mixolydian as being its independent Chi its own thing. Just imagine it. Earl Universe somewhere the very first scale you're taught as a kid is Doremi Faso Lottie dough with a flat 7 like that instead.

There's no reason that that's not our major scale. It just happens to be that way in this country that the major scale is the big one, but I think it's important to treat the other ones just as equally with the exception of locrian and speaking of locrian May. I mean, oh you met asks or mentions. I disagree about locrian. There's used to locrian and it can feels is really special and delicate just don't try to compare it with anything and don't start with a goal just accept what locrian has to say and feel its color the way it is. If you try to label locrian, you'll probably fail because locrian is special for me locrian is very delicate and deep. I will try to make a piece using locrian later. I wish you the best of luck in your goal to make a locrian piece. It's difficult, but you're right. I can't disagree with anything. You said if locrian is delicate and deep to you then there's no way I can argue with that and What I want you to do. I want you to find your own personal connotations with these things just because I find a minor chord to be dark doesn't mean that you have to use the word dark you might actually think of it as last dark and more sedating.

You know what I mean, or you might think of as less sedative and more or curious.

Okay, whatever word comes to mind. That's the word you want to be using because it's your brain and that's what you're trying to do is is have your brain respond to a note or a cord or a cluster of like a scale, you know what I mean? And then when it responds that Way, you know when I think of curiosity, I'm usually dealing with a minor chord. So it's a very valid technique and it's completely personal. It's completely subjective.

So, you know for me, I might think of lydian as floaty and Spacey you might think of it as really, you know, disturbing and disoriented whatever okay, or if it reminds you of a memory or makes you think of a place use those things, but that's totally subjective.

Jason McDaniel asks, here's my question. You assigned major and minor chords to each route in the scale, but you didn't explain why is this just the established rule with the major scale or was that your choice? Just for this example, what are the rules if I wanted to say, right and phrygian? So it's a great question and I do Breeze past a lot of the stuff in my videos. I'm going to do a video on building diatonic formulas and building, you know, the cord formulas for each one of these Keys long story short the notes of the scale dictate. What know what chords I'm allowed to play. All right. So I really can't play, you know, a minor one. For example, it's just not allow there's just no that note doesn't exist there. So if you really look at the Triads that are available to me in that key then then the formula kind of builds itself. I will expand on that concept later on. So if that's not a great answer, I understand Larry King says you are an idiot.

And I legitimately lulled when I saw this just the combination of the Avatar and the text. That's a good troll Mark Smith. You have a voice for radio. Did you ever pursue being a DJ? I have not pursued being a DJ.

I did do some freelance voiceover work in the past. I would love to get a job in voiceover.

I think would be the greatest thing ever to just get paid to talk.

So, you know, it's I keep the door open on that but the voice over industry from my experience.

It takes a lot of motivation. You have to be pretty unless you're signed already unless you have an agency. You kind of have to be knocking on doors and sin and demo reels everywhere and I really haven't been doing that. So I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon and lastly on my video about the unnameable Rhythm head over water says isn't this a three to four polyrhythm and in the video, I explicitly say yeah. This is a three to four polyrhythm with an extra quarter note added at the end and that's why I think that Rhythm sounds so interesting is because it's not just a continued polyrhythm continue polyrhythms can get kind of disorienting so adding on that extra beat at the end really helps out a lot. Not so just going over a few little things here for you guys. I hope you got something out of this and I will do videos like this more frequently. I'm planning on doing these qas once every two weeks. I know it's a little light on content. But like I said, I want to answer these questions without going into detail of making a huge detailed edited video.

So if you do have simple questions like this, please leave a comment down below or get a hold of me through my patreon or my Twitter page and I will plan on seeing you soon.


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