The Modes

admin: May 19, 2018, 7:44 p.m. ·
The Modes is an interesting sound structure. Perhaps the best common example of the modes in popular society is the phrase: DO, RE, MI, FA, SO, LA, TI, DO. In the phrase are seven different tones, each one of which is a mode. DO is Ionian, and has the interval 1. RE, is Dorian and has the interval 2. MI is Phrygian, and has the interval 3. FA is Lydian, and has the interval 4. SO is Mixolydian, and has the interval 5. LA is Aeolian, and has the interval 6. The final mode Locrian would be represented by TI in the phrase and would have the interval 7. The phrase then would repeat back to DO or Ioanian. The Intervals in Ionian are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. The intervals in the second mode, Dorian in relation to Ionian would be 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 1, 2—but it is better to look at the first interval in a list as 1, so the intervals not in reference to Ionian would be 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, 6, b7, 1.

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