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Yeah, I've had those basics down for some time, at least, enough, but I guess I felt I had an epiphany yesterday, or rather some additional pieces of the jigsaw were found.
I actually am interested in modes, and know the main ones, how they're formed etc, but I'm trying to get a deeper understanding of the intervals themselves, because like, breaking it down to waves, the shapes and intervals are super complex, but breaking them down to notes, and then scales/modes... Uhh. So they're just patterns of intervals, and from what I understand, one half of the western scale is major, shift it over to minor, then the diminished is formed from being non symmetrical.
That's the type of whirlwind stuff going through my head, and I think things like, just three semitones has a certain sound, and wherever you go from there bridges to another sound, you can change patterns to anything on the fly as long as you know the intervals at any given point.
And yeah, I like to learn top down and bottom up, just learning about theory can help you find a lot of starting points, and places to go, while messing around. I like to spend 30-60 minutes just playing nonstop, but these days, a lot more focused and experimental. It's important to follow up on those new sounds you make, and not just put them on the backburner after playing it once. If you slow down to explore and pay attention, you'll start to progress naturally.
Pardon this for being unacademic fluff, but I felt obligated to respond, and yeah. Intervals. But I need to look into the difference between "tonal" and "modal", to get a deeper understanding of "modes" in general, not just music. What exact function does a mode serve over tonal music? Are the sounds just less harmonic, free form? Jazz? So you're just saying in Jazz, shift the modes, don't worry about the structure, but of course most music even free form jazz has a structure, it's just one that isn't rigid, but it's still solid and complete.
So the modes, you're just shifting the intervals, tonal you're ensuring the intervals are all solid and it adheres to a strong structure, modes you're just going off of what is technically possible from that given interval, and the intervals previous. Just have to find the right time to shift to another mode, or just say fuck it and hit another note anyway.