17 Answered Questions for the topic Modes

07/03/19

What is a parallel mode?

What is a parallel mode? How are the parallel modes used in composition and/or improvisation?

07/01/19

Key signature for writing in modes other than major and minor?

I have trouble deciding what accidentals to put in the key signature for pieces in Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian or Mixolydian modes. There seem to be trade-offs associated with each choice.For example,... more

06/27/19

Augmented dominant seventh chord = what scale?

An easy example: `C+7 = C E G# Bb` What scale would this thing come from? When playing it it sounds lydian to me, not so much dominant. Same notes rewritten: `E+7#11 = E G# B# A#` my best... more

06/27/19

What exactly is the difference between C Ionian and D Dorian?

Both modes have the same notes. But why do they sound different. How to approach while composing a song in a particular mode as opposed to a key. Is it the harmony or the pivoting root? I read few... more

06/21/19

Do all modes make another mode when inverted?

I may just being going crazy but I was writing some music theory and noticed that if you reverse the whole steps and half steps of a mode it becomes another mode. (W= whole tones H= half... more

06/20/19

Do all modes make another mode when inverted?

I may just being going crazy but I was writing some music theory and noticed that if you reverse the whole steps and half steps of a mode it becomes another mode. (W= whole tones H= half... more

06/19/19

What is a parallel mode?

What is a parallel mode? How are the parallel modes used in composition and/or improvisation?

05/24/19

When to use different scales or modes over chord progressions?

I know my major/pentatonic/blues scales pretty well, and I can apply it pretty fluently when playing over 1-4-5-min6 chord progressions, but I find that when I try to improvise over more... more

05/14/19

Locrian Harmony?

I like utilizing modes in my the pieces I write, but there is one mode I've never been able to fully grasp and utilize and that is the Locrian mode.The chords that naturally occur in the Locrian... more

05/01/19

2-5-1 Jazz progression and modes?

I am classically trained and just started looking into jazz theory. I understand that the 2-5-1 progression is a good place to start. My basic understanding is to play the above progression with... more

04/13/19

2-5-1 Jazz progression and modes?

I am classically trained and just started looking into jazz theory. I understand that the 2-5-1 progression is a good place to start. My basic understanding is to play the above progression with... more

03/26/19

Do modes exist in the harmonic / melodic minor scales?

I'm trying to get my head around modes and the tonal center. In my understanding the natural minor scale is the same as the Aeolian mode. However, when considering the mix-up that happens in the... more

03/26/19

Key signature for writing in modes other than major and minor?

I have trouble deciding what accidentals to put in the key signature for pieces in Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian or Mixolydian modes. There seem to be trade-offs associated with each choice. For... more

03/18/19

Do modes exist in the harmonic / melodic minor scales?

I'm trying to get my head around modes and the tonal center. In my understanding the natural minor scale is the same as the Aeolian mode. However, when considering the mix-up that happens in the... more

03/15/19

Do modes exist in the harmonic / melodic minor scales?

I'm trying to get my head around modes and the tonal center. In my understanding the natural minor scale is the same as the Aeolian mode. However, when considering the mix-up that happens in the... more

03/14/19

What are the official modes from Ionian to Locrian?

I am having some confusion is respects to the formal definition of what the various modes are. I know that their defined in relation to their scale, however, I've come to realise this may not be... more

03/12/19

What is a parallel mode?

What is a parallel mode? How are the parallel modes used in composition and/or improvisation?

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