The modes

January 12th, 2006

I am trying to relearn the 7 modes since I originally memorized the shapes and not the degrees. Below are the modes in major and minor groups. The actual order is: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian.

Major Modes in Key of C
Ionian: C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Lydian: C-D-E-F#-G-A-B-C 1 2 3 +4 5 6 7 8
Mixolydian: C-D-E-F-G-A-Bb-C 1 2 3 4 5 6 -7 8

Minor Modes in Key of C
Dorian: C-D-Eb-F-G-A-Bb-C 1 2 -3 4 5 6 -7 8
Aeolian: C-D-Eb-F-G-Ab-Bb-C 1 2 -3 4 5 -6 -7 8
Phrygian: C-Db-Eb-F-G-Ab-Bb-C 1 -2 -3 4 5 -6 -7 8
Locrian: C-Db-Eb-F-Gb-Ab-Bb-C 1 -2 -3 4 -5 -6 -7 8

The 7 modal formulas are :

IONIAN – 0 sharps, 0 flats12345671
DORIAN – 2 flats12b3456b71
PHRYGIAN – 4 flats1b2b345b6b71
LYDIAN – 1 sharp123#45671
MIXOLYDIAN – 1 flat123456b71
AEOLIAN – 3 flats12b345b6b71
LOCRIAN – 5 flats1b2b34b5b6b71

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