#1
Ive done searches on the site and im still confused about modes. What im confused about is lets say people say "in the key of C were gonna be using the major scale and the dorian mode." And the dorian mode is D E F G A B C D.. Well isnt that the D major scale? Then why call it the dorian mode of the C major scale if you can call it the D major scale? And also, isnt D E F G A B C D in the key of D?

Thanks a lot.
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D Major Scale: D E F# G A B C# D.
D Dorian Mode: D E F G A B C D.

Ohh, ok. I think everything is clear now. Silly me.
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Is there any links as to any tips on which modes are for what types of genres?

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Is there any links as to any tips on which modes are for what types of genres?
That can easily be discovered by SCREWING AROUND AND PLAYING YOUR DAMN GUITAR!

I can give you the general sound of the modes:

Ionian-Happy
Dorian-Kind of sad, but kind of not
Phrygian-Dark, Spanish
Lydian-The Simpsons' song is Lydian, so it sounds like that
Mixolydian-Bluesy
Aeolian-Sad
Locrian-Evil
#7
You know how every major key as a corresponding minor key with the same notes right? Am = C maj. So why do they sound different when they have the same notes?

C maj: C D E F G A B C
Am : A B C D E F G A

One is "happy" and one is "sad." It's all how you resolve the notes and chord progressions. Certain notes need to be emphasized. Same with modes. Each mode has a different feel to it. You need to emphasize the root note, the 3rd interval (because that determines major or minor in a chord), and notes sometimes called "character" notes:

Ionian - 4
Dorian - 6
Phrygian - b2
Lydian - #4
Mixolydian - b7
Aeolian - b6
(credited to CyberFret.com cause I couldn't remember them 100% )

Also if you're writing a chord progression in a certain mode, make sure you use chords that contain these notes in particular and not many others to make sure you distinguish the mode you're playing in.

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Quote by bangoodcharlote
Locrian-Evil


Can also be described as sad, 'falling.'
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Thanks guys. Im wondering what is the shape of the position of the dorian mode?
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Thanks guys. Im wondering what is the shape of the position of the dorian mode?
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Thanks guys. Im wondering what is the shape of the position of the dorian mode?


Honestly, the easiest way to describe modes are as follows (IMO);

I Ionian "formula" is WWHWWWH (Ionian mode is the major scale)
II Dorian WHWWWHW
III Phrygian HWWWHWW
IV Lydian WWWHWWH
V Mixolydian WWHWWHW
VI Aeolian WHWWHWW (Aeolian mode is the minor scale)
VII Locrian HWWHWWW

The formula shifts towards the left with each increasing mode. The roman numerals in from of the names are the numbers of the modes.
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