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Thread #128220   Message #2872307
Posted By: doc.tom
26-Mar-10 - 07:24 AM
Thread Name: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Subject: RE: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Apropos describing scales:
An untrained ear would not have had an appropriate language to describe out-of-the-ordinary scales - modal, blue, un-tempered or variable - their ear would only have understood the 'normal' contemporary major/minor 'classical' tempered structures which transfered into the likes of Santy Anna, Dixie, etc. Even trained musicians had problems - one classically trained musician reportedly said to Cecil Sharp "I simply do not believe that a peasant singer can sing in the Dorian mode when most musicians don't even know what it is." (!)