Modal improvisation sounds intimidating. But this simple improv trick puts those mysterious modes to work to offer you an easy way to create awesome music
A scale is a series of notes in ascending or descending order of pitch. Scales are closely related to key and provide the framework which melodies and chord progressions are built from. Learning to recognise types of scale and the individual notes of a scale by ear can help you throughout your musical life.
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