## View post (Modes - please explain)

griphon2
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02/14/2003 12:47 am
Modes are traditionally developed from a simple major scale.
A GREEK name is assigned to each note of that scale. That name means from that name or note, it's a mode (or sound and notes) of that particular major scale. It is very important to understand how a major scale is contructed! What happens next is that the new constructed scale is the same major scale from a different point. For example CDEFGABC, Ionian (THE MAJOR SCALE), DEFGABCD, Dorian (THE 2nd NOTE OF THE MAJOR SCALE), EFGABCDE, phrygian, and so forth. What is left unsaid is that all MAJOR KEYS have this construction. A Gmaj scale has the same construction in it's OWN RIGHT. GABCDF#G, Ionian, ABCDEF#GA, Dorian, and so forth, through ALL keys. Ironically, through all this paper work through ALL KEYS, there's only one A Dorian scale. Aminor only appears as the ii chord in G. A Gmaj scale from A. (it can be looked at in a different way.)
The only place that Am exists as a ii chord, which is DORIAN, is G maj scale. Nowhere else in any MAJOR SCALE does Am exists as Dorian. This logic can be used in ANY scale.
All major scales can be constructed alphabetically using and understanding a formula. 1,1,1/2,1,1,1,1/2. Thoroughly, understanding the natural half step rule (BC and EF) as guitar players, are ALWAYS!!!! next to each other, there should never be a problem. Any other questions, don't ask,
until this is understood. If you still don't get this basic thought, ASK!
I'll write some out for you. (all the fancy stuff, unless you understand THIS fancy, is unexplainable. Everyone needs a starting point to speak.

[Edited by griphon2 on 02-13-2003 at 06:52 PM]
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