Modes. Part 2: What Is Important To Learn About Modes?

author: 0000409D date: 11/24/2003 category: the basics
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What is important to learn about modes? The answer to this question lies in the structure of the various modes and in their use. Here is an easy look at the structure of the modes: only a little regular mental work on this is required to begin to get the benefits of learning to visualize the modes in this way. Each mode has 7 degrees, with the octave a repeat of the Tonic, or Root, but varying degrees are altered from the "major" state. This leads to the progressively darker sound each one has. Lydian's brightness or darkness is questionable. It just seems to fit best in it's place below (E-mail me and I will explain why! joshnerez@yahoo. com)
R...2...3..#4...5...6...7...R...............Lydian
R...2...3...4...5...6...7...R...............Ionian (Major)
R...2...3...4...5...6..b7...R...............Mixolydian
R...2..b3...4...5...6..b7...R...............Dorian
R...2..b3...4...5..b6..b7...R...............Aeolian (minor)
R..b2..b3...4...5..b6..b7...R...............Phrygian
R..b2..b3...4..b5..b6..b7...R...............Locrian
Here's a longer way of saying it:
Lydian

1...2...3..#4...5...6...7...8(1)
.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./. 
..W...W...W..1/2..W...W..1/2.

Ionian (Major)

1...2...3...4...5...6...7...8(1)
.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.
..W...W..1/2..W...W...W..1/2.

Mixolydian

1...2...3...4...5...6..b7...8(1)
.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.
..W...W..1/2..W...W..1/2..W..

Dorian

1...2..b3...4...5...6..b7...8(1)
.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.
..W..1/2..W...W...W..1/2..W..

Aeolian (Minor)

1...2..b3...4...5..b6..b7...8(1)
.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.
..W..1/2..W...W..1/2..W...W..

Phrygian

1..b2..b3...4...5..b6..b7...8(1)
.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.
.1/2..W...W...W..1/2..W...W..

Locrian

1..b2..b3...4..b5..b6..b7...8(1)
.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.\./.
.1/2..W...W..1/2..W...W...W
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