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Jan 28, 05 09:19 AM

Russian Tonality.


I've been listening to audiobooks while I practice guitar in the morning.


I've been practicing really intensely in the morning; running scales. I found a music theory website (I don't know a lick of music theory; I mean, I should say, I know it when I feel it, when I play it, but the names of the scales and the chords I never learned) and I've learned stuff like the Mixolydian mode, the Dorian mode--things which previously seemed incomprehensible and hilarious to me.

I'm peculiarly drawn to the minor scale. I've never cottoned to that scale, until now.

I think it's because I downloaded an audiobook of Chekhov's short stories--the Black Monk, the one where the pudgy officer goes into a dark billiards room and makes out with a girl he never identifies--and they're great. I've never read them. All those doleful Russian dudes wandering through spooky gardens with pale Russian heiresses--it imbues that minor scale with a certain melancholy Russian ambience.

Posted by Mike on January 28, 2005 9:19 AM