S CALES

C HAPTER 2

À LA

M ODE

What is a Mode?

The Modes

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Io n ia n

Do r ia n

Phr ygian

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Ly dia n

Mix oly dian

Ae o lia n

Loc rian

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Finding Modes in Other Keys

1 Play the Major scale in the key you’ll be using. For an example, let’s say you wanted to find the

Dorian mode which uses the key of Ab. First step is to play the Ab Major scale.
2 Depending on what mode you want, start on the appropriate note in the Major scale, and play an

octave in the key of the Major scale. For our example, you want the Dorian mode, which begins on the second degree of the Major scale. So you’d play from Bb to Bb using the key of Ab.

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Depending on the mode you want, find out which major scale has that note in the appropriate place. Let’s stick with Dorian for an example. You want to find the Dorian mode which begins on F. So you’d find out which Major scale has F as its second note. The answer is Eb. F using the key of Eb.

2 Then use the key signature you found in step 1 for the Dorian mode. In our example, you’d play F to

Modes Using Other Scales

melodic minor (ascending)

Lydian augmented

half-diminished or Locrian #2

Ear Training

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Movi ng On

Chapter Review

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Practical use

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