Modal in­ter­change

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY: ROCK -

The slightly folky/In­dian in­flu­ence to­wards the back end of this song is largely due to the Eb chord. This sim­ple but ef­fec­tive idea cre­ates a com­pletely dif­fer­ent sound/colour and even hints at the Eb notes used for the F Mixoly­dian scale used in the vi­o­lin solo. It’s ‘bor­rowed’ from the par­al­lel tonal­ity of F mi­nor. If we look at the chords side by side, you’ll be able to see the sub­tle dif­fer­ences: The use of the bVII chord is re­ally com­mon (as is the IVm) but any of the mi­nor key chords could be used as a sub­sti­tute. This is only the tip of the ice­berg, how­ever; if you re­ally want to ex­plore this fur­ther, par­al­lel modes can also be used (in­stead of the par­al­lel mi­nor), throw­ing up even more weird and won­der­ful chords that can be ‘bor­rowed’.

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