EAST VS WEST Part 1 Six Quick Modes In Music Theory Sajjad Alis Master Class Online
Usually, when we're trying to compose something. we try to come up with something within the scales that we're most comfortable with. We try to compose in the those same scales. So, what ends up happening, is that our compositions sound really monotonous. There's a really simple exercise for this. For example. This is the C Major scale and its notes. The same six notes can help us play SIX different scales.
Which spring up from the same notes. So when we try compose or memorise, we will know a variety of different scales. And we can easily conceive in a different scale. and see how it turns out. And how is a certain scale used in the Western musical theory and in our, Eastern Music. So, I'll be comparing that as well. For example, this major scale which we call Bilawal Thaat and is known as the Ionian Mode in Western music. (Bilawal Thaat Ionian Mode)
We can find endless compositions in this major scale. Especially in these three chords, the first, fourth and fifth or C, F G. So, it's a very easy scale. And can be used for lots of songs. Here's an incredibly interesting thing to observe. If we take the same C notes and play it from the second note, which is D. for example. Now this is different scale. This is known as the Dorian mode.
In Western music, they use Dorian very beautifully. Like. When the same Dorian mode is used in our Eastern music, We call it. the Kaafi Thaat. We use Kaafi thaat like this. Let's have a look. (Kaafi Thaat Dorian Mode) If we try to dig deeper within the Kaafi Thaat, we will come across beautiful different raagas
(Singing Raaga Bhimpalasi) We can even make beautifully composed Geets in this thaat. So, see. how different this sounded even though we played the same notes The same notes from C major scale which we played from D. Went from D to D. I didn't touch a single new note, not even the flats and sharps. I played within the same notes. and it's a whole new world.
There's another thing that we can do. Like, we took the second note and considered it the first. So, within the C scale, if we take the third note and make it the first one. This is the third note. This is C. So, this is the third note E. So, if we suppose the E note as our key and again play the same notes from E to E. This is a very fun scale. It's known as the Phrygian Mode in Western music.