Musical modes constitute a form of scale complete with their own distinctive melodic traits. The seven modes have their roots in some of western music’s oldest forms.
In August I had the opportunity to visit Fox Cities, Wisconsin, a region of Northeastern Wisconsin along the Fox River. It is made up of 19 communities, including the cities of Appleton, Kaukauna, Menasha, Neenah, and Oshkosh. The trip delivered all that I had anticipated in small town charm, but I had not expected the region’s enthusiastic support for the arts, vibrant live music scene, and friendly, artsy vibe.
Considering the extremely busy and hectic lives we lead, it comes as no surprise that we are pulled in a million different directions every day and have a feeling that we’re under constant stress. One way to manage all the pressure we experience is through mindfulness. Mindfulness provides us with the ability to focus on what we’re feeling at the present moment rather than dwelling on the past or imagining and overthinking the future.
We often underestimate what music can do for us in terms of productivity. But why is music so important for your motivation? Let’s find out.
Connecting to an instrumental piece can be challenging, no matter what instrument you play. But, fear not, there are ways to get yourself past the notes and rhythms to the actual music within.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to enrich your chord progressions is through the use of inversions. Depending which note you put in the bass, you end up with chords in first inversion or second inversion: