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Applying Modes part I

Stone Dragon (8501) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
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Applying The Major Scale Modes

What's the use of learnin' 'em if you can't figure out how to use 'em?



In order to make use of this lesson, you will need to have some of the basics "under your belt":
  • Obviously, you will need to be thoroughly at home with the major scale in all 12 keys and have a basic understanding of how the modes are generated from within the major scale.
  • You need to understand the concept of intervals and how chords and scales are defined by their interval structure.
  • You need to know how chords are constructed and how they are organized into major, minor and dominant tonalities.
  • You need to know how the major scale can be harmonized with triads, 7th chords, 9th chords, 11th chords and 13th chords.
  • You also need to know the interval structure of each of the 7 modes, and you need to be able to play each mode as an independent scale in every key.


If any of these areas are fuzzy, then you will probably have a hard time following the concepts that I'm going to lay out in this lesson. Dig around in the lessons section. Most of this stuff is covered in other lessons here at WholeNote. You can also work through the theory lessons that I have posted at zentao.com. All of the above material is covered systematically within my lessons.

I'm only going to cover the major scale modes here, but keep in mind that the same concepts can be applied to the modes of any other scale such as harmonic and melodic minor.