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    Default Audiovisual cheat sheet for scales and modes

    I've always struggled with scales and modes so I made this tool for myself a year ago.

    The chromatic circle of notes (not the circle of fifths!), with a movable pattern overlaid on top to show the relevant notes in a given scale.

    Click the "mode name" to hear it played out loud.

    Notation (treble, alto, and bass) and tablature (guitar and mandolin) are also shown.
    (That was 600 individual images I had to generate and link!)

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    Default Re: Audiovisual cheat sheet for scales and modes

    Wow! It seems a tremendous anount of work! thanks.

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    Default Re: Audiovisual cheat sheet for scales and modes

    This thing is TERRIFIC! Thanks. The community owes you one ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.C. Bryant View Post
    Wow! It seems a tremendous amount of work! thanks.
    Yep, I redesigned it from the ground up about 3 times, even before the tedious work of adding the notation/tab images in v3. Took me a few weeks, oof. Pandemic lockdown certainly helped lol
    And true to form, not a single comment in my code, so changing stuff in the future is going to be interesting ...

    Quote Originally Posted by RustyPickup View Post
    This thing is TERRIFIC! Thanks. The community owes you one ...
    Welp there's a donate button for anybody feeling a little extra thankful! :-)

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    Default Re: Audiovisual cheat sheet for scales and modes

    Wow that is cool and is now linked on the home screen on my phone.

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    Default Re: Audiovisual cheat sheet for scales and modes

    Great job. Really great.

    To my way of thinking this is the tool that goes in the middle.

    In other words at a certain point in playing and listening modes become important. The tool you made goes right there, where it is needed. If a beginner saw it they would likely get intimidated and even perhaps throw in the towel. But at the point where one gets the value of knowing this stuff and how it fits together, the tool is fantastic.

    I think the part after the tool is at the bottom, under the circle, where it is translated into something on the mandolin fretboard. Where you get your hands and especially your ears involved. The tool you made gets handed off to the player himself. I am not saying it won't still be valuable, to check into once in a while, but the goal, IMO, is to eventually, maybe in only one or two or a handful of keys, be able to transcend the tool and make it happen on the mandolin.

    Great stuff!! I will keep the tool linked on my desktop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    If a beginner saw it they would likely get intimidated and even perhaps throw in the towel. But at the point where one gets the value of knowing this stuff and how it fits together, the tool is fantastic.

    Great stuff!! I will keep the tool linked on my desktop.
    Thank you!

    Yeah I figured I went overboard the moment I moved past the major scale and its modes, since generally people rarely use the modes of the other scales.
    But I saw the other scales on Wikipedia and thought, "why not?" and just did it.
    So my little scale/mode cheat sheet can be used by everyone from beginners to jazz musicians to experimental composers.

    It would work excellently as a teaching aid, I suspect. Perhaps I can get royalties off of some music school ...
    Last edited by ohnoitsalobo; Sep-14-2021 at 12:28pm.

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