15th Feb 2013
Welcome to EFDSS - we run courses and classes for young people in folk music and dance.
Get Your Folk On! course for 12- 18 year olds: 20 - 22 February 2013
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8th Feb 2013
Instead of being in normal major or minor keys, a lot of folk music is modal. Modes are 7 note scales that have a slightly different pattern of tones and semitones.
For example, the pattern T S T T T S T gives the dorian mode - this is the same pattern as playing D - D on the white notes on a keyboard, or playing a scale with a flattened 3rd and 7th note.
The dorian mode is very common in traditional music. Some examples are: Kissed Her Under the Coverlet (G dorian) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrYg09Xn_xU
Drowsy Maggie (E dorian) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIHI49JQ7zY
Cuckoo's Nest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf6-Q6k6o_o
It's also quite common in jazz, and in some popular music too.
"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, "Oye Como Va", "So What" by Miles Davis
"Mad World" by Tears for Fears http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gFl2OXySs8 , covered by Gary Jules http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N3N1MlvVc4
Why not try writing a tune in the dorian mode and bring it along to folk ensemble?
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