A Relatively Easy Method To Memorize The Intervals Of The Modes

author: wrijul date: 08/13/2012 category: guitar techniques
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A Relatively Easy Method To Memorize The Intervals Of The Modes
Hi guys I've been hearing from friends, beginners etc that they are facing a great difficulty in memorizing the interval structure of the modes. Recently I've come across a relatively easy and systematic method of memorizing the Modes from one of my friends. So thought about sharing with you fellas out there. This is my first post so I am trying my best to keep it simple and short. Firstly I am listing the modes in order of appearance, with the interval structure of each of them:
1. Ionian -     1 2  3  4  5  6  7  8

2. Dorian -     1 2  b3 4  5  6  b7 8

3. Phrygian -   1 b2 b3 4  5  b6 b7 8

4. Lydian -     1 2  3  #4 5  6  7  8

5. Mixolydian - 1 2  3  4  5  6  b7 8

6. Aeolian -    1 2  b3 4  5  b6 b7 8

7. Locrian -    1 b2 b3 4  b5 b6 b7 8
Now lets arrange the modes so that we can memorize them in a relatively systematic way:
1) Lydian:     1 2  3  #4 5  6  7  8 (ONLY MODE WITH A SHARP NOTE i.e #4)

2) Ionian:     1 2  3  4  5  6  7  8 (NO FLATS AND SHARPS               )

3) Mixolydian: 1 2  3  4  5  6  b7 8 (                            b7    )

4) Dorian:     1 2  b3 4  5  6  b7 8 (    b3,                     b7    )

5) Aeolian:    1 2  b3 4  5  b6 b7 8 (    b3,                 b6, b7    )

6) Phrygian:   1 b2 b3 4  5  b6 b7 8 (b2, b3,                 b6, b7    )

7) Locrian:    1 b2 b3 4  b5 b6 b7 8 (b2, b3,             b5, b6, b7    )
Thus if arranged in this order, each successive mode has only one interval which is different than the mode before it. NOW the trick: 1) Lydian is the only note with a # note 2) Ionian has no sharp or flat note 3) firstly memorize "L I M D A P L" (The initials of each mode in this sequence) 4) among all the modes (starting from Mixolydian) in 1 and 4 there is no flat notes. 5) now memorize the sequence:
L: #4              
I:                 
M:               b7
D:    b3,        b7
A:    b3,     b6,b7
P: b2,b3,     b6,b7
L: b2,b3,  b5,b6,b7
6) This is just a guide which worked for me, hope this will work for you too. Please do forgive for any wrong English or you find any place to be a bit confusing keeping in mind that this is my first post. But please do comment if you find any. It'll help me to improve my future posts.
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