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How To Make( And Use) Modes

Jesse Fish (651) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
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In this lesson, I"ll teach you how to create the seven major modes(Ionian, Dorian, Phygrian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian) out of any major scale. Here, we'll be using the "C" major scale and its modes(since their the easiest to remember).

Now, let's take a look at the "C" major scale for those who don't know. CDEFGAB is the scale. Now, each note in a scale is given a number for a name(these are called intervals). For example, say you needed a "root-fifth" combination in a song you were playing. What-does-that-mean!!???!?! Well, it is very simple, the "root" or "I" is the first note in a scale(which in our case is "C"). The "Fifth" or "V" is the fifth note from the root(which is G). In most cases, the "interval" is given a name(ie;the Fifth), a regular number(ie; the 5), or a roman numeral(ie; the V). This is helpful in that if you need a chord progression(say, I, IV, V), you could make it in any key.

Using this information, we can begin to look at how modes are formed.