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1. Scales and modes with tetrachords – The Major tetrachord
Add to favorites Tetrachord scale principles as introduced in my lesson "Practicing the Major scale – tips and tetrachords"
A series of scale/mode exercises - beginning with the Major tetrachord scale.
The Major tetrachord is a four note scale that can be played with 4 different patterns/fingerings, you should practice them all. Pattern formula is whole step, whole step, half step.
And when you have learned the Major tetrachord scale you can easily play the Major scale (see video #6 to 13 in the video playlist)
This is a a method/series to learn the modes and common scales by dividing an eight note scale into 2 four note scales (the brain has an easier time remembering 1234 1234 than 12345678).
You only need to learn 4 different tetrachords to be able to play all 7 modes : Ionian Major, Dorian minor, Phrygian minor, Lydian, Mixolydian Major, Aolian minor, Locrian half diminished.
Playlist with Four different fingerings for a Major tetrachord:
First all patterns played in sequence, then one by one:
Playlist with Four different fingerings for playing a One octave (Ionian) Major scale (a C Major scale is contructed of two Major tetrachords, the C Major and the D Major tetrachord)
and four different fingerings for playing a Two octave (Ionian) Major scale
And you can download the Major tetrachord shape with 4 different fingering options below
And go to the next lesson HERE