Overview of the Tonalities

As explained in the previous article, each tonality is a unique being. Each tonality has:

  • A resting tone
  • Characteristic tones
  • Essential harmonic functions​

Here is a reference for each of the tonalities. 

MAJOR TONALITY

Major Tonality - OVERVIEW OF THE TONALITIES

Here is an etune to get the sound of Major Tonality in your ears:

MINOR TONALITY

Minor Tonality - OVERVIEW OF THE TONALITIES

Here is an etune to get the sound of Minor Tonality in your ears:

DORIAN TONALITY

Dorian Tonality - OVERVIEW OF THE TONALITIES

Here is an etune to get the sound of Dorian Tonality in your ears:

MIXOLYDIAN TONALITY

Mixolydian Tonality - OVERVIEW OF THE TONALITIES

Here is an etune to get the sound of Mixolydian Tonality in your ears:

PHRYGIAN TONALITY

Phrygian Tonality - OVERVIEW OF THE TONALITIES

Here is an etune to get the sound of Phrygian Tonality in your ears:

LYDIAN TONALITY

Lydian Tonality 1024x376 - OVERVIEW OF THE TONALITIES

Here is an etune to get the sound of Lydian Tonality in your ears:

AEOLIAN TONALITY

Aeolian Tonality - OVERVIEW OF THE TONALITIES

Here is an etune to get the sound of Aeolian Tonality in your ears:

LOCRIAN TONALITY

Locrian Tonality - OVERVIEW OF THE TONALITIES

Here is an etune to get the sound of Locrian Tonality in your ears:

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Andrew Mullen is a teacher, folk musician, multi-instrumentalist, song writer, lifelong learner, and now a blogger, apparently. He has taught all levels of students in a number of subjects, and is currently a middle school music teacher and curriculum coach in Burlington, Massachusetts. Mr. Mullen holds masters degrees in Music Education and School Administration, as well as certification from the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML) in Elementary General and Early Childhood Music. He is currently entertaining doctoral scholarships.