Is it possible to distinguish if a melody is in C Dorian or in D Phrygian?

Asked by: Tracy Smith

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?

What notes are in Phrygian mode?

The Phrygian mode is, in its purest form, the white notes from E-E. This means that an E Phrygian scale is E, F, G, A, B, C, D. 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 is a Phrygian Dorian scale?

The Dorian ♭2 scale, also known as Phrygian ♯6, or the Cappadocian Scale is the second mode of the jazz minor scale (or the ascending melodic minor scale). It is on the second degree of the jazz minor scale. Without the minor second above the root, the scale would just be the Dorian mode.

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 know if a song is in Dorian mode?

If you have two minor chords sliding back and forth that's a telltale sign if you have a one chord two. And your four chord is major that's another telltale sign that your song is in 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 key is D Phrygian?

The D Phrygian is the third mode of the Bb 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 G Minor. The D Phrygian is also the same as the D Minor apart from one note, the second in the scale.

Is Phrygian major or minor?

minor scale

Even though the phrygian scale is a mode of the major scale, it’s actually a type of minor scale.

What genres use Phrygian?


  • Ancient Greek.
  • Medieval and Renaissance.
  • Baroque.
  • Romantic.
  • Modern classical music.
  • Film music.
  • Jazz.
  • Rock.

Is D Dorian the same as C major?

Dorian Mode. The Dorian Scale, or mode, is the second of the seven modes. The Dorian modes are comparable to the Major scales – D Dorian, for example, includes exactly the same notes as C Major. The difference is that is D Dorian starts on another step in the scale, the D note (see picture below).

What is a Dorian melody?

The modern Dorian mode is equivalent to the natural minor scale (or the Aeolian mode) but with a major sixth. The modern Dorian mode resembles the Greek Phrygian harmonia in the diatonic genus. It is also equivalent to the ascending melodic minor scale with a minor seventh.

What is C Dorian mode?

The C Dorian scale consists of seven notes. These can be described as steps on the guitar fingerboard according to the following formula: whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half and whole from the first note to the same in the next octave. The C Dorian is the second mode of the Bb Major Scale.

Can you play D Dorian over C major?

So if we play the C major scale, but begin on the note D, we alter the sequence of whole and half steps. The displacement of the intervals creates a different tonality. In the key of C major, this will give us the D Dorian mode, which, as you can see, is constructed on the 2nd scale degree of the standard major scale.

What chords are in C Dorian mode?

Chord identification

The C dorian chord v is the G minor chord, and contains the notes G, Bb, and D. This dominant chord’s root / starting note is the 5th note (or scale degree) of the C dorian mode.

How do you play C Dorian?

Start with your thumb on C second finger on D. Then third finger on e-flat cross your thumb under to F second finger on G third finger on a fourth finger on b-flat and fifth finger on C.

Can I play Dorian over a major chord?

You can play both dorian scale positions in all keys. If you want to play the Dorian scale in a different key, just move the entire scale up or down. For example: If you move A dorian scale up a whole step (2 frets) you’re playing B dorian.

Are there Dorian chords?

The dorian chord v is the A minor chord, and contains the notes A, C, and E. This dominant chord’s root / starting note is the 5th note (or scale degree) of the dorian mode. The roman numeral for number 5 is ‘v’ and is used to indicate this is the 5th triad chord in the mode.