Can a mode be applied to any key?

  1. Think of modes as other scales. They can mostly be found inside major scales starting from different degrees but they are their own scales with their own harmonies.

  2. Stop thinking of modes as being related to a parent major scale. C major is not the same as G mixolydian. They may share notes, but those notes function completely differently.

  3. I'm still so confused unfortunately, it seems everyone applies such a diffrent presentation to the logic of it, which is normal in any kind of information, but I guess my main understand of scales is by breaking it down to steps, if I can just learn the steps of the modes that'd be swell

  4. I'm also learning modes, and started to understand when I visualized modes as patterns, with Half steps and Whole steps, on a mental keyboard:

  5. For what it's worth, I think of modes as being different types of tonality with different keynotes, or Tonics, all sharing the same set of notes in their respective scales. Because of their different configurations, they behave differently in terms of harmony, and have different characteristics. Three of the modes are Major, three are Minor, and one, Locrian, produces what I call "Diatonic Blighted" since it has a Flat-V.

  6. Locrian is technically half-diminished as well since it has a minor 7 on top of a diminished triad for its root chord. The actual scale pattern for the mode lies in between major and minor, perhaps a clue into its transitory properties between the two worlds B)

  7. I think it’s easiest to understand that every mode (of the Major scale) is encapsulated within the notes of the 12 Major scales. Every Major scale has 7 notes, and treating one of them as the tonal center creates one of 7 RELATIVE modes (using the same notes).

  8. Are you familiar with the concept of a relative minor? How for every major key there’s a minor key with the same key signature, that is, the same notes.

  9. B phrygian dominant?? Whats the dominate from and how what determines that? Btw thank you so much your explosion along with all of these are truly enlightening and well Edifying!!

  10. The answer is yes. But I should point out that a minor key is just a mode of the major key. called Aeolian.

  11. Western modes have preprogrammed major and minor tendencies in both the 1st and 2nd tetrachord. Any mode can be played in any of the 12 tones as the Tonic. I learn modes as intervallic patterns, for ear training. The formal key doesn't matter to me as much, unless I need to sing or play along with an instrument with fixed pitches, or fixed key.

  12. To ease the confusion, always compare a chord, harmony, scale to a mode with the same name. Compare a C major chord to a C mode and not a D, A flat, F, B etc. mode. In other words, your comparisons should be parallel, not relative.

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