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A question about the Modes

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nullnaught  
14 Oct 2010 14:39 | Quote
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Are the ionion, lydian and mixolydian modes known as the major modes. While the dorian, phrygian and aeolian are the minor modes. And of course the locrian mode being a diminished mode, or scale? Or is this analogy completly wrong?
EMB5490  
14 Oct 2010 15:39 | Quote
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right. now, whats your question?

To clarify, the ionian is the major scale, and lydian and mixo are the 4 and 5 modes of the major scale, same for the minor...
nullnaught  
14 Oct 2010 15:59 | Quote
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Since the ionian is major. i'm guessing then that the aeolian is a minor mode or scale.

Then what do you call the other 5 modes?

For example is the locrian mode diminished?
MoshZilla1016  
14 Oct 2010 18:10 | Quote
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Maybe this will help. Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian whether you call 'em modes or scales are Major due to the fact of having a natural 3rd not a flatted 3rd. Dorian, Phrygian, Aeolian and Locrian are minor due to the flat 3rd. The position of each one in relation to the Diatonic Scale determines the mode. I don't know if I would call Locrian diminished though. Just because the Diatonic chord is diminished the Locrian scale and the dim. scale are different.

Locrian= 1 b2 b3 4 b5 b6 b7
Diminished= 1 2 b3 4 b5 b6 6 b7
Dim. Half= 1 b2 b3 3 b5 5 6 b7
Dim. Whole= 1 b2 b3 3 b5 b6 b7

nullnaught  
15 Oct 2010 02:07 | Quote
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Thanks moshzilla, that really does help.


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