How come modern modes are based on the same set of intervals?



Asked by: Gervan Collins

Modern modes are based on the same set of intervals, as seen in this picture. To play in a modern mode you would just have to start from a different degree of that set of intervals, and you would have a mode.

Do all modes have the same notes?





Every note you hear, you hear from the perspective of the tonic note. Because each mode has a different pattern of notes relative to the tonic note – that’s why each mode sounds different.

How are modes formed music?

Where do Modes come from? Modes are simply taking a scale and starting it on a note other than the root. The effect this has creates new sounds due to the shift in tones and semitones. Not only will the sequence of notes create a new feeling on the listener but new chord sequences are used.

What do the different modes mean in music?

mode, in music, any of several ways of ordering the notes of a scale according to the intervals they form with the tonic, thus providing a theoretical framework for the melody. A mode is the vocabulary of a melody; it specifies which notes can be used and indicates which have special importance.

How do modes relate to scales?

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.

How do you memorize music modes?





I like to say: In-Door Pools Lose Money And Licences to represent the order, Ionian-Dorian-Phrygian-Lydian-Mixolydian-Aeolian-Locrian.



Let’s try some funky sentences:

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  2. Luxury Is My Desire And Pink Lakes.
  3. Let In My Dog And Pet Llama.


What chords go with what modes?

Major chords follow the formula 1-3-5-7. Both Ionian and Lydian modes contain these notes; therefore either mode can be used. Minor chords follow the formula 1-b3-5-b7.



Seventh Chords and Modes.

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

Where did modes come from?

The word ‘mode’ comes from the Latin for ‘manner, or method’ but musical modes all originated in ancient Greece, so they have Greek names.

Who invented modes in music?

The oldest medieval treatise regarding modes is Musica disciplina by Aurelian of Réôme (dating from around 850) while Hermannus Contractus was the first to define modes as partitionings of the octave.



How do you practice modes?

Well what we're going to do is start on one note and play all seven modes starting and ending on the same note. So if we take the note C we would start with C Ionian. And then play C Dorian.

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.

What order should I learn modes?

When working them from the one-note changing perspective, you wind up with this order of modes.



  1. Lydian.
  2. Ionian.
  3. Mixolydian.
  4. Dorian.
  5. Aeolian.
  6. Phrygian.
  7. Locrian.


What mode is key of F?

Music Modes

Key Mode
C Ionian
D Dorian
E Phrygian
F Lydian

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.

Who invented modes in music?

The oldest medieval treatise regarding modes is Musica disciplina by Aurelian of Réôme (dating from around 850) while Hermannus Contractus was the first to define modes as partitionings of the octave.



Where do medieval modes derive from?

Medieval Mode, also known as Church Mode. Derived from ancient Greek music modes. The early Medieval church modes proposed by the ancient Roman theologian Boethius had eight modes: four normal modes and four sub modes.

Where did the church modes come from?

church mode, also called ecclesiastical mode, in music, any one of eight scalar arrangements of whole and half tones, derived by medieval theorists, most likely from early Christian vocal convention. The Eastern church was doubtless influenced by ancient Hebrew modal music.

How many guitar modes are there?

seven modes

In this lesson, you’ll meet the major scale’s seven modes—Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian—and learn how you can use their distinctive sounds to create more interesting melodies and chords.



How did the modes get their names?

Each mode has a name, and mode names come from the Greek language and from a time before major and minor (as we know them) were clearly defined. The scale we now know as major was originally called the Ionian mode and its relative minor was known as Aeolian.