This is a little academic, but can you guys help me figure out how to correctly identify modes?
Take the simple polka ‘Britches Full of Stitches.’ On this site, ceolachan posted a version that looks like this:
K: A Major
|: E/F/ |
A>B cA | BA cA | A>B c/B/A | FA EF |
AA/B/ cA | BA ce | | A>B AF | FE E :|
ee/f/ ec | BA Bc | e>f ec | BA F2 |
e>f ec | BA Bc | AA/B/ c/B/A |FA E>c |
ef ec | B>^A Bc | a>f e/f/e/c/ | BA FA |
e2 ec | BA B2 | AA/B/ A/G/F | FE E |
Now, for me, I would say that this is in the key of D (F#s and C#s), but it ends on an E, and sort of resolves there too, so I might think that it’s in E dorian. So why is it listed as being in A major?
Where am I going wrong, and is this simplification I’m making a generally useful method?
Further, if you’re playing melody, and you’ve learned the tune, I can’t really figure out why you’d care what mode you’re in, as long as you’re in the right key (in my case, you’ve picked up the right whistle or flute). Any thoughts?