Originally Posted by Gerald Spaits
This is the right idea, playing the modes starting on the same root.
Try this: play modes from Bright to Dark, Start with the same root. Lydian,Ionian(maj)Mixolydian,Dorian,Aeolian,Phrygi an,Locrian.
You change one note at a time.
The question should be what do you do with these modes. You need to relate them back to a chord change.
This is the BEST way to learn the Modes - the SOUND of the Modes.
Bright to Dark. An excellent concept.
I've taken a simple Major-Key melody, 4-8 measures in length, and done this:
Order Bright-to-Dark, as indicated. And following the order of accidentals, per the Circle of Fifths/Fourths, simply add the next Flat.
1) Start with C Lydian (one sharp) - the brightest Mode. Raise the fourth step of the original melody.
2) Following the Circle of Fourths (the direction of adding flats), the next would be C Ionian (no sharps/flats). This IS
the original melody.
3) Continue by adding the next flat (Bb - one flat), C Mixolydian. Lower the seventh step of the original melody
4) Two flats, C Dorian. Lower the seventh and third steps of the original melody.
5) Three flats, C Aeolian. Lower the seventh, third and sixth steps of the original melody.
6) Four flats, C Phrygian. Lower the seventh, third, sixth and second steps of the original melody.
7) Five flats, C Locrain. Lower the seventh, third, sixth, second and fifth steps of the original melody.
You can't add the sixth flat, because that would change the C to Cb.
This demonstrates the Bright-to-Dark concept.
Take the original harmony from your source, and reharmonize according to the key signature.
This will give you a start to understanding and hearing the Modes.
You can also find original Modal melodies as well.