Importance of Modes in Music

Here we are going to know about the importance of Modes in Music and the relationship between Major Scales and Modes. Music Modes are very useful to create a melodic sound.

Music Modes

What is Music Modes?

Modes are basically derived from the Diatonic Major Scales. There are 7 notes in Major Scale so there are 7 modes in every Major Scale. Modes are really useful for lead guitar soloing and for creating an awesome melody by using Modes.

Modes of Music:

  • Ionian Mode
  • Dorian Mode
  • Phrygian Mode
  • Lydian Mode
  • Mixolydian Mode
  • Aeolian Mode
  • Locrian Mode
For e.g. - For a better understanding, we are going to use the C Major Scale as an example. Here in the C Major Scale, we have 7 notes as well as 7 Modes.

C Major Scale - [ C, D , E , F , G , A, B ]

In this Scale, 1st note is C which is a Major note so we always called it C Major Ionian Mode.
2nd note is a D which is a Minor note so we always called it, D Minor Dorian Mode.
3rd note is an E which is a Minor note so we always called it E Minor Phrygian Mode.
4th note is an F which is a Major note so we always called it F Major Lydian Mode.
5the note is a G which is a Major note so we always called it G Major Mixolydian Mode.
6th note is an A which is a Minor note so we always called it A Minor Aeolian Mode.
7th note is a B which is a Diminished note so we always called it B Diminished Locrian Mode.

Just like the C Major Scale, you can apply this same strategy to other Diatonic Major Scales to get your Modes. This structure never changes.

So these are the Music Modes or you can say Guitar Modes which we use for Guitar Soloing and Melody. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment down below.

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