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I miss the fundamental distinction between scale and mode in the answers here. A scale is an ordered set of notes (usually functionally repeating after an octave). A mode is the harmonic framework built from it. The difference is similar to that of floor tiles and a floor. Even if the floor contains nothing but floor tiles, it is conceptually different ...


In fact it is possible to play chords with both hands and a melody at the same time. The trick is to play the melody as the brightest tone, and add one or two chord tones below it in the right hand. The left hand can play the entire chord or just the bas tone (maybe doubled in two octaves). - It is a bit tricky to teach the brain to automatically add chord ...

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