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Learning The Modes

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Grant22, Mar 31, 2006.


  1. Grant22

    Grant22 Groovin' the gospel

    Oct 29, 2005
    Winter Garden FL
    I have been trying to learn the modes, and I was wondering if I had this right.

    Ionian(Pure Major Scale)
    1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8

    Dorian
    1-2-b3 -4-5-6-b7 -8

    Phrygian
    1-b2 -3-4-5-b6-7-8

    Lydian
    1-2-3-#4 -5-6- -8

    Mixolydian
    1-2-3 -4-5-6 -b7-8

    Aeolian (Pure Minor)
    1-b2-3-4-5-b6-b7-8

    Locrian
    1-b2-b3-4-b5-b6-b7-8


    Thanks
    Grant
     
  2. Correlli

    Correlli

    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
    I probably would have used roman numerials, but I'm just nit-picking.;)

    Ionian
    I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII - VIII

    etc, etc
     
  3. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    I beleive Phrygian has a minor (flat) 3rd.
     
  4. ryco

    ryco

    Apr 24, 2005
    97465
    Hey Grant -

    Phrygian
    1 - b2 - b3 - 4 - 5 - b6 - b7 - 8

    Aeolian
    1 - 2 - b3 - 4 - 5 - b6 - b7 - 8

    Have fun!
     
  5. Thursday

    Thursday

    Nov 24, 2005
    Bronx, New York
    Plain english please.
     
  6. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Aeolian has a b3, not a b2.

    Edit: beat me to it, as well as the Phyrigian
     
  7. Thursday

    Thursday

    Nov 24, 2005
    Bronx, New York
    Can someone break this down into plain english please?
     
  8. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Are you joking? :confused:

    The modes have Grecian names, and the interval values are represented in Roman numerals...so they don't "come" in English :p
     
  9. Thursday

    Thursday

    Nov 24, 2005
    Bronx, New York
    ...:rollno:


    Ok, I have no idea what you guys are talking about. Besides the fact that Grant22 started a thread about modes. What are modes what are they used for?
    That plain english.
    (Some of us didn't have lessons or music theory)
     
  10. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I thought you might be making a pun about explaining them in "plain English" as they are naturally Greek.
    Here's a pretty easy-to-understand description that I found:
    http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-seven-modes-of-music.htm
    They're basically scales based off of each degree of the major scale and each has its own distinctive sound and flavor.

    Thanks to the internet, you can do a lot of you music theory training on your own these days (I have- I had no lessons on theory either).
     

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