We are going to be breaking down the modern usage of the modes as components of the major scale.
To illustrate this, here are the notes of the C Major scale:
C D E F G A B C
While we call this scale the C Major scale, it can also be called by a different name...
The C Ionian mode
The Ionian mode is the another name for the major scale.
D Ionian= D E F# G A B C# D
F Ionian= F G A Bb C D E F
You get the idea...
If we were to take our C Major scale and start on a different note, we would get variations of this scale. These variations are the different modes of the major scale.
Key of C
I. Ionian= C D E F G A B C (Major scale, Major sound)
ii. Dorian= D E F G A B C D (minor scale sound)
iii. Phrygian= E F G A B C D E (minor scale sound)
IV. Lydian= F G A B C D E F (Major sound with a raised 4th)
V. Mixolydian= G A B C D E F G (Major sound with a lowered 7th)
vi. Aeolian= A B C D E F G A (minor scale sound - natural minor scale)
viio. Locrian= B C D E F G A B (diminished scale sound)
Based on this chart, a G mixolydian scale or a melody written in G Mixolydian would have no #'s or b's in the key signature, because it comes from C Major.
Since F is the 2nd note of the Eb Major scale, the f dorian scale would be written with 3 b's (key of Eb) F G Ab Bb C D Eb F
Since C is the 5th note in the F Major scale, the C Mixolydian scale would be written with 1 b (Key of F) C D E F G A Bb C
We are going to try to write some music that utilizes modal scales and melodies.
Using Noteflight, please write 3 separate melodies that are at least 8 measures each.
The melodies will make use of the following modes:
- G Aeolian
- F# Phrygian
- Bb Dorian
Please title each melody with the mode you are using.