#1
so i was sight reading in the key of C no sharps or flats, and i noticed that the way the scale was played was exactly the same as the phrygian mode, only like, 8 frets displaced, so i was wondering whether the key signature had any corrolation with the 7 modes or whether this was just some wierd coincedence... please excuse any spelling errors that may or may not have occured
#2
I'm terrible at theory, so this will come off as confusing, because I suck at explaining stuff.
There's a certain order of modes that correlates with every key. Let's just use the key of C major, for example. I don't know the exact order, but for instance, the Phrygian mode (I'd assume it's the E Phrygian? I'm not sure...) contains all the same notes as C major, only emphasizes a different root note. It's the same with all modes. Whatever Aeolian is the same as C but with a different root note, something-or-other Locrian is the same as C but with a different root note, what's-its-name Dorian is the same as C but with a different root note, etc.
If someone smart would post tangible examples, it'd probably be easier to understand. I guess all I'm saying is, every single mode can contain all of the exact same notes of one specific major and one specific minor scale, only it will emphasize a different root note. A strange phenomenan, and almost, as you said yourself, a "coincidence".
There is theoretical crap backing it up, but I'm tired and don't think I'm up for the challenge of explaining it.
Do you at least halfway get it now, though?
#3
The modes of a major scale have the same notes as the major scale itself.

So in your example, C major has C D E F G A and B, so the Phrygian mode of C major shares the same notes but starts on a different note (in the key of C major, that note is E).

Here are the modes of the C major scale (they all have the same notes, but start on a different note, giving each scale a certain feel)

C Ionian (the major scale, basically)- C D E F G A B
D Dorian- D E F G A B
E Phrygian-E F G A B C D
F Lydian-F G A B C D E
G Mixolydian-G A B C D E F
A Aeolian (the minor scale)-A B C D E F G
B Locrian-B C D E F G A

Since these modes are in the key of C major, the modes use the same notes, but start at different points.
Last edited by kirbyrocknroll at Jul 18, 2006,
#4
Oh sweet, I was right! It is E Phrygian! I figured since I'm so tired and generally theory-retarded anyway, that I was way off. Feels good to be right.
And good explaination, Brando. A thousand times better than mine.
And with that note, I think I might just be signing off to get some sleep. Later.