Spring

My latest in the seasons series. I hope you enjoy Spring even though many of you in the Midwest USA are without power and experiencing temperatures below freezing. We can always hope I guess.

This piece is back to a more traditional tonal language, although it does make use of the Mixolydian mode rather than the usual major (Ionian) mode. Notice that the key signature is two sharps (D major) but the opening and closing harmony is A Major which should give the impression of a tonal center of A major but with the lowered seventh (G natural) degree (A Mixolydian, fifth mode of D major).

Modal composition is nothing new. It actually predates our more common major/minor system and is very commonly heard in traditional North American folk music.

This piece should be accessible to intermediate level guitarists. The triplet section is the most challenging technically. Good luck and think Spring!

Listen: Spring.mp3

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4 comments

  • neil

    neil

    Beautiful!! :-)) ***

    Beautiful!! :-))

    ***

  • Miles

    Miles

    John, what a beautiful capturing of the essence of Spring. A sense of winter, a sense of struggle, a sense of hopefulness, and a sense of arriving. All described by harmonic genius over a common melody. And then, the repetition of the melody, reminding you that you know Spring is going to get here, you just have to go through the process. Anyway, that's what I get out of it. Thanks so much!

    John, what a beautiful capturing of the essence of Spring. A sense of winter, a sense of struggle, a sense of hopefulness, and a sense of arriving. All described by harmonic genius over a common melody. And then, the repetition of the melody, reminding you that you know Spring is going to get here, you just have to go through the process. Anyway, that's what I get out of it. Thanks so much!

  • Vagelis Vlavianos

    Vagelis Vlavianos

    Very beautiful!

    Very beautiful!

  • W. Garland

    W. Garland

    Cosmic as always! I was showing some folks your site and everyone loves these pieces. Waiting for the next set- quit slackin' and start writin'!

    Cosmic as always! I was showing some folks your site and everyone loves these pieces. Waiting for the next set- quit slackin' and start writin'!

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