I won't directly quote any of the immediately preceding replies, in order to keep this simple, but a
few points suggest themselves:
It was being self-taught that led me to ask the question in the first place - my half-baked ideas about
modes led me to think that a tune might be in Phrygian mode - based on what I had taught myself, and
on advice I had received from a couple of acquaintances - who seemed sure enough of themselves
to make sweeping generalisations (in a condescending and patronising way, as it happens). Fortunately,
I had learned enough to be suspicious of: (1) my own conclusions and more importantly, (2) the advice
on which those conclusions were based.
The Anglo is certainly relatively easy to learn(*), up to a point, particularly when as has been stated,
there is a lot of helpful stuff 'out there', and also when my idiot questions are unfailingly answered in a helpful
way - as they are, both here on c.net and over on mel.net - I'm very grateful to all those who have patiently
answered my questions over the past two years. I do indeed have many teachers! Thank you all.
There does I think come a time when self-teaching ceases to show a balance on the credit side of the
ledger - one does indeed develop bad habits, one does fail to be aware of (and to exploit) the capabilities
of the instrument - and it's simply not much fun, always slogging away on yer own. Time to start interfacing
with other musicians - so, I'll be attending my first 'session' a week today - Hooray!
I'm relieved that that tune wasn't Phrygian - I don't know much but I was pretty sure that Phrygian while not
unheard-of, is pretty uncommon.
(*) and the French Horn is difficult - the only horn player I know has just taken a post with a symphony
orchestra in China! When he returns, I will expect him to do all the ordering when we go to the Chinese
Edited by lachenal74693, 03 January 2017 - 01:12 PM.