What is a Mode?
A mode is a full scale, but starting and ending on any note within a scale. Its’ purpose is to create its own unique sound and emotion. Every mode has its’ own sound. Just as I mentioned in a previous blog of how an arpeggio is a broken chord, a mode can be thought of as a broken scale.
The major or minor scale has 7 notes in it. If you were to create a scale based off of each note, you create Modes. So a C major scale is written as C D E F G A B C, and if you wanted to create an A mode based off of the C major scale it would be A B C D E F G A. Notice – this is NOT an A major scale, rather, it’s an A Aoelian Mode.
What are the Modes?
Ionian = Also known as the major scale. Sounds bright and happy
Dorian = Its a minor scale with a b6 interval.
Phygian = Used as a Spanish scale alot.
Lydian = Creates a dreamy, floaty feeling. Its a major scale with a #4 interval
Mixolydian = Seen alot in Blues. The b7 creates movement through its’ dominant chord.
Aoelian = Also known as the minor scale. Sounds dark, and sad.
Locrian = Very tense scale. Creates the Diminished Chord, therefore the mode has a dark, and quirky feel
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