Those Weird Mode Names! One of the things that makes modes so confusing to so many guitar players .
So what are the modes called?
In The Mystery of Modes Part 2 I’ll explain the mode names, how to think of each mode and where each mode comes from.
Here’s a breakdown of what you learn in this video:
0:32 In the first Mystery of Modes video we answered the question ‘What Is A Mode?’and saw how a mode is like a ‘child’ which comes from a ‘parent scale’. By ‘recycling’ the 7 notes in a major parent scale we can create a ‘family’ of new scales. The members of this family are the ‘modes of the major scale’.Watch ‘The Mystery of Modes’ Part 1
0:42 Just like the members of a family, each new scale has a name. Let’s examine each mode and it’s name.
0:50 The Ionian Mode
We’ll use the G major scale for this lesson. It contains the notes G A B C D E F#. It is also known as the Ionian Mode, in this case G Ionain Mode.
1:10 The Dorian Mode
You can use the same group of notes but think of A as the root. Now we have the same notes but we’re thinking of them as some sort of A scale – A B C D E F# G. This ‘A scale’ is a ‘mode’ of the G major scale and is called the Dorian Mode.
1:36 The Phrygian Mode
If we start on the 3rd note, B and recycle the notes we get a B scale – B C D E F# G A. This is the Phrygian Mode, in this case B Phrygian.
2:05 The Lydian Mode
If you recycle the notes starting on the 4th note you get C D E F# G A B. This is the Lydian mode: C Lydian in this case.
2:20 The Mixolydian Mode
If you recycle the notes starting on the 5th note you get D E F# G A B c. This is the Mixoldian mode: D Mixolydian in this case. This is a commonly used mode, often heard in blues basaed music.
2:50 What do these strange mode names mean? Don’t worry about that! They are just a name or label for describing a particular scale and sound.
3:08 The Aeolian Mode
If you recycle the notes starting on the 6th note you get E F# G A B C D. This is the Aeolian mode: E Aeolian in this case. This is also sometimes called the Natural Minor scale and is used a lot in rock and metal music.
3:37 The Locrian Mode
If you recycle the notes starting on the 7th note you get F# G A B C D E. This is the Locrian mode: F# Locrian in this case. You don’t hear this one used much apart from in jazz, fusion and Latin music.