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
Before we start composing, let's try to construct and identify some of the these modes and minor scales... Mode and Minor Worksheet
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.