Does anyone know what mode or key this is?

Asked by: Jennifer Leonardo

Is mode the same as key?

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.

What is the mode key?

The C major scale corresponds to the white keys on a piano keyboard, beginning with the note C. But you can use this same collection of notes to create seven more scales (called modes), simply by starting in a different place. For example, here is the C major scale again: 1.

How do you know what mode a song is in?

Finding What Musical Mode a Piece Is in

  1. Find out what the tonic major key is by looking at the key signature.
  2. Find out what the lowest starting note is in the first downbeat in the left hand, ignoring any upbeat/anarcrusis.
  3. How many notes up is this from the original major key?

Are modes out of key?

Absolutely not. A key is a tonic and a mode, so, say, G minor, where G is the tonic and minor is the mode. Except keys can really only be major or minor; there’s no key of F mixolydian or D phrygian dominant.

Does changing mode change the key?

Changing from C Ionian to D Dorian is changing mode but isn’t changing key. Changing from C Ionian to D Phrygian is changing mode and changing Key. More examples: D Dorian > E Phrygian – Changing mode, not changing Key.

How many modes are there?


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. Some of them are major modes, some are minor, and some are ambiguous.

What does Dorian mode sound like?

Dorian is the second mode of the major scale. It sounds cheeky, partly sad, but in a hopeful way. It’s prominent in blues, rock, jazz, and funk.

How do you memorize 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)

What mode is key of F?

Music Modes

Key Mode
C Ionian
D Dorian
E Phrygian
F Lydian

What key is C Lydian?

The C Lydian is a mode of the G Major Scale. It contains exactly the same notes, but starts on another note. The C Lydian is the same as the C Major apart from one note, the fourth in the scale.

Is Lydian a key?

From that point of view, F lydian and C major are two distinct keys that just happen to share the same notes (in equal temperment), the same way A minor and C major are different keys that share the same notes.

What mode is C minor?

A note on mode names:

Mode Position Scale Spelling Related Major Mode
C melodic minor: “Parent” scale/mode or “root mode” C D Eb F G A B C Dorian
C melodic minor played from D D Eb F G A B C D Phrygian
C melodic minor played from Eb Eb F G A B C D Eb Lydian
C melodic minor played from F F G A B C D Eb F Mixolydian

What is E Dorian?

The E Dorian is the second mode of the D Major Scale. It contains exactly the same notes, but starts on another note. Since Dorian has a Minor scale quality it can also be seen as a mode of the B Minor.

Do modes have chords?

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