Modes of the Major Scale

What are the 7 modes of the major scale?

Ecclesiastical modes, also named church modes, Greek modes or Gregorian modes formed in the Middle Ages a set of scales whose use has weakened because of the appearance of the major / minor tonal system. Many centuries later these modes have reappeared. 

How are built the modes of the major scale?

Modes of a scale are constructed by moving the tonic on the different degrees of this scale. There are seven modes in the major scale, these are the most important modes et the most used in jazz music.

Here are the seven modes of the major scale :

  • Ionian Mode | Interval pattern is 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
  • Dorian Mode | Interval pattern is 1-2-b3-4-5-6-b7
  • Phrygian Mode | Interval pattern is 1-b2-b3-4-5-b6-b7
  • Lydian Mode | Interval pattern is 1-2-3-#4-5-6-7
  • Mixolydian Mode | Interval pattern is 1-2-3-4-5-6-b7
  • Aeolian Mode | Interval pattern is 1-2-b3-4-5-b6-b7
  • Locrian Mode | Interval pattern is 1-b2-b3-4-b5-b6-b7

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