12 Examples of Songs in the Mixolydian Mode

Most Western music structure is based on major or minor diatonic scales. Within the major scale, there are actually, seven distinct scales called modes that determine the feeling and texture of the musical composition. These seven modes include Ionian, Phrygian, Dorian, Aeolian, Locrian, Lydian, and Mixolydian scales, each named after a specific geographical location in Ancient …

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What is Staccato in Music? A Complete Guide

The challenge for composers and performers is to convey their works in such a way that it reflects the emotion of the story or message that the music represents. If you are successful, the music can change your audience’s mood, making them feel emotions, recall memories, or even imagine fantastical scenes. Staccato rhythms can elicit feelings of …

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12 Examples of Songs in the Dorian Mode

Western music structure is primarily based on the diatonic scale, with major and minor variations in each key. Within the diatonic scale are seven musical modes, specific tonal patterns that create particular scales. Each modality’s tonal design creates a sound and feeling unique to its scale. Named after Ancient Greek provinces, Ionian, Phrygian, Dorian, Aeolian, Locrian, …

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12 Examples of Songs in the Lydian Mode

In Western music, most compositions use either a major or minor diatonic scale. But within the diatonic system are seven musical modes based on seven differing scales. These modes include Ionian, Phrygian, Dorian, Aeolian, Locrian, Lydian, and Mixolydian scales, named after specific regions in Ancient Greece. The Ionian scale is considered the primary major scale because of …

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What is Rubato in Music? A Complete Guide

Every performer wants to be unique and to inject something special into each performance. At the same time, music is written in a structured format with rules and conventions that need to be followed. So how can you display your talent while at the same time staying true to the composer’s intentions? Many musicians see …

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What is Legato in Music? A Complete Guide

Learning to read music is both challenging and exciting. One of the more difficult aspects of reading music is understanding the composers’ intentions. In this article, I’ll explain exactly what Legato is. We also look at when to use legato, and how you can improve your performance by following the musical notation, and what the …

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12 Examples of Songs with Monophonic Texture

There are various musical terms that help define texture. These refer to the number of instruments or voices there are in a given piece, and how they relate to each other. The simplest of these is a monophonic texture, otherwise known as monophony. In this article, we’ll take a look at different monophonic songs and …

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