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Keywords here are blues scale, and even more importantly blue notes. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_note Blue notes appear in various styles, particularly often in blues, but also in jazz, rock and others. Various musicians, using various instruments play them differently, e.g. by playing note in between two pitches, sliding between them, playing ...


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If someone tried to describe this song to me by saying it's "modal", I would think of something completely different. It's bluegrass, with bluesy bends in the melody. I'd guess that even the most pathologically classically oriented music theorists must have encountered the term "blues" by now. Some anonymous Internet writers have written ...


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It's basically blues. Major key music inflected with blue notes. The rhythm accompaniment patterns are what make it specifically bluegrass. Most of the time the harmony - heard most clearly by following the bass - is one chord B major. But while the bass spends most of the time thumping along with roots and fifths of a B major chord it will do a little ...


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This tune is 100% modal, and it uses a single scale from beginning to end. Now, please note that "modal" doesn't mean "using one of the seven major scale modes". "Modal" describes any music which is built around a scale -- any scale -- rather than on the combination of chords and melody. For example, Indian classical music is ...


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