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Locrian Scales For Bass + “Juicebox” by The Strokes
This video completes our exploration of the diatonic modes! Aren’t you stoked?
The locrian scale is the “weird” mode because it doesn’t contain a perfect fifth, which is a critical part of establishing a key center. Therefore, locrian is mostly used on transitional chords within a progression, not as a “tonic.” It’s used on half-diminished chords (also called minor 7 flat 5), which often appear as a ii chord in a ii-V-i progression.
There are virtually no songs in a “locrian key.” Juicebox by The Strokes was the closest thing I could find to one for illustration purposes though! Make sure to learn the whole tune on your own for extra credit.Posted August 18th, 2014