As you may know, I am writing a collection of short instrumental sketches inspired by the feelings I get from different musical scales.
Natural minor scale
The minor scale (Aeolian mode) is a scale generally associated with feelings of sadness and seriousness. Judge by yourself:
Improvising over a simple chord progression I came up with this simple piano melody:
I took the chord progression from an improvisation exercise by Forrest Kinney aptly named “Glimmer of hope”. I kept this name for my whole piece, since the image of a troubled journey filled with obstacles overcome by grappling to determination and hope was well suited to the melody.
For the first time, I tried my hand with an orchestral arrangement for this piece. That’s the final version of “A Glimmer of Hope“:
Harmonic minor scale
The harmonic minor scale (Aeolian #7 mode) is a scale born out of harmonic needs, as a base for chords (you can read more about it here).
Used as a scale, it has a distinct “cliché” middle eastern sound:
Imprivising with this cliché mood in mind, I came up with this theme:
With an arrangement of Oud, Zither, middle eastern percussions and flute, that became the piece named Scheherazade:
More often than not, the minor scales are used together, forming a melodic and harmonic palette united by a common “minor mood”.
Here is a theme I wrote based on such “mixed” minor scale:
I don’t know why, but the melody reminded me of the atmospheres of the soundtrack of ‘70s horror movies, so I tried a retro synth rock arrangement for “The Sound of Past Moments”:
That’s how the tracks number 10, 11 and 12 of my Moods and Modes project were made. I’d really love to know what you think about it. They, together with 3 pieces on the major scale are collected in the Moods and Modes vol. II EP, available on Bandcamp
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