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Locrian Mode for Guitarists

This article was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background Most people believe that the musical modes can be traced back to different tribes in ancient Greek society (The Ionians, The Dorians, The Phrygians etc) and each of these communities had their own distinctive music ‘feel’. If this is true,…

Lydian Mode for Guitarists

This article was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background The modern Lydian mode actually differs from the original one used by the ancient Greeks. At the end of the day, when all is said and done (insert another cliché here) it is all about the sound, the feel, the…

Phrygian Mode for Guitarists

This article was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background One of the ancient musical modes has origins that can be traced back to a tribe called the Phrygians, who lived around 600BC. Personally, whenever I hear phrases like ‘Ancient Musical Modes’, I immediately think of that Stonehenge scene in…

Ionian Mode for Guitarists

This article was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background Whether you know it or not, you would have used the Ionian mode, but probably referred to it by the more commonly accepted ‘Major Scale’. For example, the C Major Scale is exactly the same as C Ionian mode, the…

Roland Hybrid Drums Theory: Nailing the sound in the studio

Welcome to the sixth and final installment in our hybrid drums series – a guide dedicated to combining acoustic and electronic percussion together in one drum set, to bring a whole new experience to your drum sound and your playing. We’ve teamed up with the experts at Rhythm Magazine to…

Aeolian Mode for Guitarists

This post was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background ‘Music. It’s What Feelings Sound Like.’ Although the original author for this quote is unknown, it was probably inspired by a song that contained the Aeolian melodic structure. Many guitar players have used the Aeolian mode – without even knowing…

Roland piano site and guidebook

If you’re thinking of buying a piano, there’s a lot to consider apart from the price and how it sounds and looks. Although most people initially think of owning an acoustic piano, sales of digital pianos have been increasing steadily for years, and they now outsell their acoustic counterparts as…

Dorian Mode for Guitarists

Looking to take your guitar playing to the next level? This article on the Dorian mode will help get you there. Download your FREE Backing Track!   This article was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background I could go into details about the difference between the medieval, modern and Greek…

Mixolydian Mode for Guitarists

This post was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background Let’s start out with a quick test, the term Mixolydian refers to: 1) A ‘Game of Thrones’ character? 2) The people that built Stonehenge? 3) An ancient Greek tribe? If you picked (3) then give your self a gold star.…

Introduction to Modes for Guitarists

This post was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog How did the ancient Greeks get to influence today’s pop music, and why exactly were the Ionians such an unhappy bunch of people? Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of modes; a series of scales that define the sound of western…