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Scale Modes, Music
Modes, Whatever Modes

Whether you call them scale modes or just plain modes, these scales were a staple in music vocabulary from 400-1500 AD. The twentieth and twenty-first centuries have seen these scales come back into the vocabulary of many composers. They offer a nice variety and are plentiful in jazz music.

Here are your modes: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian.

Here are modes constructed from a C major scale:

• C Ionian: the notes are C, D, E, F, G, A, B and C.

• D Dorian: the notes are D, E, F, G, A, B, C and D.

• E Phrygian: the notes are E, F, G, A, B, C, D and E.

• F Lydian: the notes are F, G, A, B, C, D, E and F.

• G Mixolydian: the notes are G, A, B, C, D, E, F and G.

• A Aeolian: the notes are A, B, C, D, E, F, G and A.

• B Locrian: the notes are B, C, D, E, F, G, A and B.

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Three Modes Derived from C Major

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Piano Music | Chamber Classical Music | Inspirational Orchestral Music | Classical Composers | Name That Music | Free Composition and Piano Lessons | Piano Music Notes | Learn Music Theory | Finale Music Writing Software | Composing Music to Films | Writing Classical Score | List of Instruments | Music Sound Recording Studios | Multitrack Recording Process | Music Mixing Advice