Modes

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Musk Diatonic Modes: Your reference for major/minor and church modes .


* Choose tonic and mode

* The keyboard shows you allowed tones using colors

* Select a color and number scheme: Modal position, base note or scale degree

* Play keys and let the app speak the tone numbers (requires the iOS 7 voices)

* Let the scale be played. The keyboard displays the notes.


Choose tonic and mode:

* There are 12 tonics and 7 modes (the church modes, including major and minor)

* So there are 84 configurations in total.

* Tonic and mode can be freely selected using the selection wheel.

* You can easily jump to scale-related configurations. See below.

* Scale and tonic can also be selected via keyboard.


Configuration changes using sharp and flat:

* 1: Stepping in sharp- or flat-direction. All configurations are accessible. In each case, first the modes change, then the root.

* 7: Stepping in sharp- or flat-direction. Only the tonic changes.

* 12: The scale remains constant. The tonic moves to the next note in the scale. The mode changes accordingly.

* 48: As 12, however, the tonic advances in the circle of fifths.

* 49: As 7, however, the tonic advances in the circle of fifths.


Configuration changes using a keyboard:

* Scale choice: Play the root note of the related major scale in octave C1-B1

*               Or play the 7 scale tones in the upper octaves.

* Tonic: Play the tonic note of the previously selected scale in octave C0-B0

* The mode follows.


Naming of the tonic/mode configurations:

* The app supports four different naming styles, that make it easy to translate between the different styles.

* In the first two interpretations, you define a combination of ambit and mode. 

* The last two interpretations are Major/Minor centric: You set a major or minor scale and choose the tonic within that scale.

* Mode: Church mode oriented. The configuration is defined by a Finalis (= Ambit = lowest note on the playground) and the name of a church mode (Ionian, Dorian, ...).

* Alteration: Similar to 'Mode', with major/minor oriented mode spelling. The configuration is defined by a lowest note Ambit and an intervall pattern. If possible, the pattern is described as the closest alteration of either the major or minor scale starting from the ambit note.

* Major: Major scale oriented. The configuration is defined by a major scale and the tonic within that scale. (See Configuration changes using a keyboard.)

* Minor: Minor scale oriented. The configuration is defined by a minor scale and the tonic within that scale.


Sounds:

* A vibraphone sound to hear the pitch

* Voice output for tone numbers


References :

* This app is related to other Musk apps. See the support web page.

* This app is related to the MIDI-SolFa Mode-Go-Round app, that is based on Thomas Noll Tonkreisel - exhibit.

* Take a look at the documentation, background information and tutorials on the Musk-website or on the SolFa Mode-Go-Round website!


Have fun!


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