The Modal Approach by Tom Colohue
Part One: The BackstoryOrigin Of Modes Here we have a concept to start with that's almost as complex and convoluted as modes themselves. There are several different incarnations for modes. Some are still in use, whilst some are not. The most common and popularly recognised set of modes would be the Church Modes, and yet these are nothing like the modern series of modes, despite popular opinion. The Church Modes were also known as the Gregorian Modes, and there were eight of them rather than the seven that we know today. The eight modes could be split into four pairs and were defined by the three highest notes in their formulae. Higher notes mark the mode as Authentic, while lower notes mark the mode as Plagal. In many ways, this is similar to having something Augmented or Diminished. Certain modes from that time do pass on. The names of the eight modes were:
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