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Thread: Ascending patterens vs Descending patterns

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    dwest2419
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    Smile Ascending patterens vs Descending patterns

    As I was playing my instrument, my guitar, I notice how I played an ascending pattern typically D Mixolydian over a D7 chord in the key of G. Oh my gosh! It sounded great but why an ascending pattern fit over a D7 chord? Is the D Mixolydian ascending much stronger and tasteful than a D Mixolydian descending pattern. Although its good to nkow both but what purpose does it serves. And I almost thought to myself that any ascending pattern would fit over the D7 chord as long as it sounds right over the chord playing over.

    EDIT: And also I notice that everytime I play descending patterns Im always searching for a note to land on and it seems to me that descending patterns are only used for runs whenever you want to fly across the neck where as ascending pattern are used for you make harmony. Just my 2 cents
    Last edited by dwest2419; 09-30-2012 at 01:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwest2419 View Post
    As I was playing my instrument, my guitar, I notice how I played an ascending pattern typically D Mixolydian over a D7 chord in the key of G. Oh my gosh! It sounded great but why an ascending pattern fit over a D7 chord? Is the D Mixolydian ascending much stronger and tasteful than a D Mixolydian descending pattern. Although its good to nkow both but what purpose does it serves. And I almost thought to myself that any ascending pattern would fit over the D7 chord as long as it sounds right over the chord playing over.

    EDIT: And also I notice that everytime I play descending patterns Im always searching for a note to land on and it seems to me that descending patterns are only used for runs whenever you want to fly across the neck where as ascending pattern are used for you make harmony. Just my 2 cents
    Well, first off, that's the mode where dom7s come from.

    Ionian = I and IMaj7
    Dorian = ii and ii7
    Phrygian = iii and iii7
    Lydian = IV and IVMaj7
    Mixolydian = V and V7 (Dominant seventh)
    Aeolian = vi and vi7
    Locrian = viio and m7b5

    And you can play each in both directions whether melodically or harmonically. This is what is called modal playing. The songs with "definite keys" (as a whole) are either in Ionian (Major) or Aeolian (Natural Minor) Mode. This is why although a key is indeed establish, any suggestion of "key" will taint the mode's mood. You want to downplay the Ionian and/or Aeolian "keys" when improvising.

    This isn't to say that you can't or shouldn't improvise within the Ionian/Aeolian modes, but again, these two modes are "keys" in diguise and ears will pick up on it!
    Last edited by Color of Music; 09-30-2012 at 02:52 AM.

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