There are a number of music scale modes. These modes are
based on the major scale. With the modes, what you basically do is
start with a major scale - like C Major - and move the scale up from
there. Each mode starts
on a different note of the major scale.
For example, to play a dorian scale in C major, you play the key signature of C but start and end on D - the second note of the scale.
Every music scale mode has a name. Here they are in brief and then I'll explain about each one. The numbers in front show which note of the scale they start on. They are 1) Ionian, 2) Dorian, 3) Phygian,
4) Lydian, 5) Mixolydian, 6) Aeolian, and 7) Locrian.
The music scale modes are scales based on key signatures. We will use the key signature of C as an example on this page. It has no sharps and no flats. What the modes do is play a scale in the key of C (or something else) but start of different notes.
The Ionian scale is the major scale. It's the root scale of a key. C
Ionian scale is C major scale. It starts on the first note of the of
the major scale and you play it just like the major scale.
To figure out
other specific music scale
modes, follow this order:
1. Figure out what number of the scale the note is (and if it's a dorian or mixolydian or some other scale).
2. Count back to note number 1 - the first note of the major scale.
3. Find out the key signature of the first note of the major scale.
4. Go back and play the scale with the key signature.
Aside from the traditional scale modes, these are the main music scale modes. These scales are often used for improvising in jazz and rock and can be very helpful to learn. You can also find more information on major scales and other traditional musical scales.
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