Can anyone confirm or discredit the term “Prime Scales” when dealing with the modern modes?



Asked by: Ian Naranjo

Are modes the same as scales?





Modes are alternative tonalities, also known as scales. They can be derived from the familiar major scale by just starting on a different scale tone. Modes are named after the ancient Greek modes, although they do not share an actual similarity.

Why are modes not scales?

There are 7 modes in a scale, one for each note of the scale. Modes are the scale, starting from a different note. In this instance, C Major is the parent scale and all the modes are derived from it. In theory, if I play D E F G A B C D and the key of the song is in C Major, then I’m playing in D Dorian.

What is the point of scale modes?

Modes are a way to reorganize the pitches of a scale so that the focal point of the scale changes. In a single key, every mode contains the exact same pitches. However, by changing the focal point, we can access new and interesting sounds. Like most of Western music, the modes have their roots in Church music.

Do modes only apply to major scales?

The harmonic minor and melodic minor scales are not modes of the natural minor scale. A mode is a very specific idea in music where you start building a scale on another note of the scale. For example, A minor consists of the notes A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A and it’s built using the scale pattern W-H-W-W-H-W-W .

How do you remember scale modes?





Another good way to remember the modes is in terms of their darkness, or how many lowered scale degrees the modes have.



The order of modes in terms of darkness are:

  1. Lydian (#4)
  2. Ionian.
  3. Mixolydian (b7)
  4. Dorian (b3, b7)
  5. Aeolian (b3, b6, b7)
  6. Phrygian (b2, b3, b6, b7)
  7. Locrian (b2, b3, b5, b6, b7)


How are church modes different from major and minor scales?

Terms in this set (49) How are church modes similar and different from major and minor scales? They are similar to the major and minor scales used today, but their half steps fall in different places so that they do not express as strong a tonic (tonal center) as do today’s scales.

Why are modes not keys?

Think of it this way: A KEY refers to a particular “home base” or tonic note. For example the “Key of C”. But that doesn’t tell you anything about the rest of the notes that will be used. A MODE refers to a particular set of half steps and whole steps, but does not specify any one tone.

How many scales are there?

So, how many musical scales are there? There are 48 musical scales that are used in most musical compositions. Those 48 musical scales are made up of major and minor forms. There are 12 different major scales.



How do you tell the difference between modes?


Because Locrian is the other mode of the major scale that has a flat 2 1 flat 2 whoops flat 3 4 flat 5 flat 6 flat 7. So the difference between Locrian. And Phrygian is only that flat fifth.

Are modes only on major keys?

Its most common use may be described as a type of musical scale coupled with a set of characteristic melodic and harmonic behaviors. It is applied to major and minor keys as well as the seven diatonic modes (including the former as Ionian and Aeolian) which are defined by their starting note or tonic.

Are all major scales the same?

Every major scale features the exact same pattern of whole steps (W) and half steps (H): W-W-H-W-W-W-H. Example 6–7. Play or listen to the two scales in Example 6–7. Notice how similar they sound even though they begin on different pitches and contain different pitch classes (C major has F, while G major uses F).



Why are there only 7 modes?

There are only 7 different ways that happens. Hence – 7 modes! We put them in a circle because the pattern makes more sense that way. It’s sort of linear on a piano, as the notes are in a line, but as far as the pattern goes, it’s easier to comprehend in a circle.

What is the fifth mode?

In music, the Phrygian dominant scale is the fifth mode of the harmonic minor scale, the fifth being the dominant. Also called the altered Phrygian scale, dominant flat 2 flat 6 (in jazz), the Freygish scale (also spelled Fraigish), harmonic dominant, or simply the fifth mode of the harmonic minor scale.

How many modes are there in total?

How many modes are there? The seven main categories of mode have been part of musical notation since the middle ages. So, the list goes: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian.

Are modes major or minor?

You’ll have noticed that each mode can be described as major or minor, depending on the presence of a major third or a minor third interval. The Ionian, Lydian, and Mixolydian are the major modes, while the Dorian, Phrygian, Aeolian, and Locrian modes are minor.



What is the saddest mode?

The minor scale is the pattern in western music typically associated with sad feelings. It includes three different variations called the natural minor scale (or Aeolian mode), the melodic minor scale and the harmonic minor scale.

How many Octatonic scales are there?

three possible scales

The octatonic is a mode of (very) limited transposition, and there are three possible scales: Oct 0,2; Oct 0,1; and Oct 1,2. The numbers of the names indicate all that is needed to identify a particular octatonic scale: two consecutive notes within the scale.