Musical Modes: What are they?

We have heard about major and minor scales, but do you know the musical modes? Similar to conventional scales, there are 7 of them, each sounding unique, and used by composers for special effects!


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    • Pauline
    • Pauline
    • 9 mths ago
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    It is a wonderful aspect of Tonebase that if we cannot attend your Live Streams, we can watch them later. I just watched this one. Fascinating!

    I love your analogies: planets, spices, flavors... :D.

    I do hear the Brahms piece within "The Simpsons" theme. Most decidedly!

    The Grieg Mixolydian is so gorgeous! Wow! I didn't want it to end!

    Locrian mode is "incredibly unusual sounding." To be sure!


    Interesting question, Gail, about Saint Saens Danse Macabre - G minor. Locrian?


    Genevieve, you also had an interesting question. And Gail, thank you for doing the work to find the answer and sharing it with all of us! Sweet!


    Thank you, Dominic! Thank you, everyone!

  • Thank you for this great presentation.  Helps me understand how these modes I sound and are used by composers.   

    • 8 mths ago
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    Thanks for this!

  • Aeolian is different to Minor And Major different to Ionian. Modes can have no V7 to I resolutions in Modal Harmony as in Tonal harmony. Correct?

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