Different modes with same root?



Asked by: Terry Baker

Are all modes the same?





Because each mode has a different pattern of notes relative to the tonic note – that’s why each mode sounds different.

What are the 7 different modes?

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 there only 7 modes?

There are much more than only 7, but the 7 modes of the major scale are the most “basic” modes in music and are the ones best to start with when beginning to digest the concept of modes. As mentioned before, a mode is a subset of a scale, therefore, the major scale has 7 modes (its 6th mode is the minor scale).

Can modes be in different keys?

For every key signature, there are exactly seven modes of the major scale: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian. All modes in that key signature use the same notes, but they start on different ones.

What is the difference between Phrygian and Phrygian dominant?





Nearly identical to the Phrygian scale except for its raised third; this is called Phrygian Dominant because it shares much of its harmonic material with phrygian, but its 1-3-5-7 members form a dominant seventh chord. This scale is used liberally in flamenco music.



Common Triads.

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Which chords go with which modes?

Major chords follow the formula 1-3-5-7. Both Ionian and Lydian modes contain these notes; therefore either mode can be used.



Seventh Chords and Modes.

Chord Quality Mode
Major, Major 7 Ionian, Lydian
Minor, Minor 7 Dorian, Phrygian, Aeolian
Major, Dominant 7 Mixolydian
Diminished, Minor7b5 Locrian


How do you remember the 7 modes?

I like to say: In-Door Pools Lose Money And Licences to represent the order, Ionian-Dorian-Phrygian-Lydian-Mixolydian-Aeolian-Locrian. Another good way to remember the modes is in terms of their darkness, or how many lowered scale degrees the modes have.



What is C Phrygian?

The C Phrygian is the third mode of the Ab Major Scale. It contains exactly the same notes, but starts on another note. Since Phrygian has a Minor scale quality it can also be seen as a mode of the F Minor. The C Phrygian is also the same as the C Minor apart from one note, the second in the scale.

How do you use 7 modes in music?


These are the seven modes of the major scale which again all share the same pattern from the C major scale. But start on different notes in that pattern or to take our analogy.

What is D Dorian scale?

And What Is The Dorian Mode? The Dorian mode is, in its purest form, the white notes from D-D. This means that a D Dorian scale is D, E, F, G, A, B, C. Obviously, this is the enharmonic equivalent of C major, so the notes are exactly the same; it’s the way you use the scale that changes things.



What makes a Dorian scale?

The modern Dorian mode can also be thought of as a scale with a minor third and seventh, a major second and sixth, and a perfect fourth and fifth, notated relative to the major scale as: 1, 2, ♭3, 4, 5, 6, ♭7, 8.

Are modes and keys the same?

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.

Are modes and scales the same?

A scale is an ordered sequence of notes with a start and end. A mode is a permutation upon a scale that is repeatable at the octave, such that the start and end points are shifted. For example, the major scale is repeatable at the octave.

Are modes chords?

For instance, you can play low E on every four beats, and then play around with the notes of an E mode, such as E Mixolydian. For a broader application, you can play a vamp. A modal vamp will return to the tonic chord often.



Understanding Modal Harmony: Building Chords from Modes.



Mode Characteristic Pitch
Phrygian Mode ♭2
Lydian Mode Augmented 4th
Mixolydian Mode ♭7

How many keys are there?

So there are 24 keys all together. Three of the major keys can be named 2 different ways – one way with sharp note names, and the other way with flat note names. This results in 15 different major key spellings.

What are the 15 keys?

There are 7 Sharps: F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#, and B# which give us the Major Keys of: G, D, A, E, B, F#, and C#. Our Total is now 15.

What are the 7 major keys in music?

Scale degrees

  • 1st: Tonic.
  • 2nd: Supertonic.
  • 3rd: Mediant.
  • 4th: Subdominant.
  • 5th: Dominant.
  • 6th: Submediant.
  • 7th: Leading tone.
  • 8th: Tonic.