Can you name the 7 Greek modes in order from
memory? If not, read on...
Here are the seven Greek modes derived from the major
scale 1. Ionian 2. Dorian 3. Phrygian 4. Lydian 5. Mixolydian
6. Aeolian 7. Locrian
Learn the names, then use the following
technique to memorize the order.
How to Memorize
Using the first letters of each of the greek mode names
remember this little Harry Potter spell (dont worry - its not going to turn
your Gibson into a broomstick) IoDoPhLyMiAeoLo
Sounds like : I-O Do
Fly Me A-O Lo
It may be difficult word to say, but keep repeating it and
you may have trouble getting it out of your head.
Next, crack the code
and verbalize the list of Greek modes from your memorized word. Remember that
Fly Me contains three modes: PHrygian, LYdian & MIxolydian. It works for
me. If it works for you, then Magic! (the sort of magic I am talking about is
how the brain actually remembers using this kind of strategy).
Modes Relative to the Major Scale.
Here are definitions of the modes based on major scales.
Ionian - Same as the major scale Dorian -
A scale with a flattened 3rd and 7th Example: Scarborough Fair
Phrygian - A
scale with a flattened 2nd, 3rd, 6th & 7th Lydian - A scale
with a sharpened 4th Mixolydian - A scale with a flattened 7th
Example: Norwegian Wood Aeolian - Same as a natural minor scale. A
scale with a flattened 3rd, 6th & 7th Locrian - A scale with a
flattened 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th & 7th
Watch out for Part 2 that will go
into more detail about the modes, how and where to play them. I will also be
posting a pdf version of the tutorial on my website