Modes are one of the most important and useful tool in the film composer’s arsenal. (Any composer for that matter). Modal Mastery is a course aimed at the serious student who wants to achieve mastery over the technical and expressive aspects of the modes. Modal Mastery covers the modes in unparalleled detail and gives progressive and detailed steps to achieve and build a level technical freedom and fluency that can only be described as “mastery”.
Modal Mastery is not just a simple presentation of the modes from which you have to figure out what to do. This course provides you with the steps and tools to achieve a high degree of technical proficiency in spelling and identifying of the modes. No stones are left unturned here, and no shortcuts taken. Every mode is approached in four difference ways to spell and identify on any tonic.
Technical proficiency is necessary to both build and unlock your imagination.
A lack of technical proficiency limits ideas and blocks the creative flow.
Sound and Colour
Furthermore, you are given unparallel amount of information and examples to really unlock the colour of each mode and really understand their potential so you can apply this in any circumstance. With modes you can really tell a story! (Something I actually demonstrate in the video lesson on Modal Modulation 1.)
This course goes way beyond just quickly showing you what modes are with just a quick view of how to spell them and a few chord progressions.
I make sure you have the tools necessary to achieve technical mastery (from 15 years teaching experience) but then walk you through in detail what colour and effects each the modes can give through numerous on-screen improvisations (with explanations) and examples from the literature. And not just classical either, but also includes film scores, folk, traditional ,rock, metal, blues, pop and my own music. This is BY FAR, the biggest collection of examples of modes out there.
Every mode is versatile, so a few examples just don’t cut it. With each lesson you get a solid view of each mode from many different angles to really get a sense of their possibilities.
Exercises and Drills
A worksheet and detailed instructions are given so the student has all the tools to achieve technical proficiency and a mastery of modal colours and the potential of each mode.
The focus is, of course, on composition. So suggested exercises and drills are not just about spelling, but also explain my approach to “keyboard geography” and progressive steps to improvisation and writing.
Application of Modes
Beyond what each mode can do individually, true mastery also requires being able to use the modes in a variety of ways, which includes
- Tips to master modal chord progressions
- Three types of modal modulations
- Using modal lines over non-modal chord progressions
Why the Modal Mastery Course?
This course is truly unlike anything out there. If I felt this was a redundant course, something you can get for free online, I would not have created it. (Also a quick note, lots of wrong information about modes floating out there too.) But after 15 years of teaching and 20+ years of composition, I know the value of what I have to share. I teach from the point of view of the working film composer and give every tool I know so that the serious student can achieve mastery of the technical and compositional aspects of modes.
The videos are meant to be reviewable and have been formulated and edited to contain no extra material and go straight to the point. Every concept is reinforced for maximum clarity and steps given for your own application of the material while also giving you creative impetus for your own compositional freedom in how you apply it.
Future of the Course
The course will continue to grow as ScoreClub grows. The online format of ScoreClub now makes this very easy to do. And already, as I am releasing the course I am getting new ideas for things to improve it!
And, of course, as a student you receive unlimited access to all updates, instantly!
So have a look at the curriculum, ask any questions that you may have and see you inside!
A working knowledge of
- Major and minor scales along with
- Key signatures.