What are modes?
Modes are a very simple concept but can take some time to really understand and get under your fingers in a way that gets you playing around with them with any authority.
Basically, all a mode is is a scale. When someone mentioned the major scale modes, they are talking about all of the scales contained within the major scale.
For example, you probably already know the C Major scale, which is:
C D E F G A B
If we start On the D note and play all the following notes we get a new scale and mode. D dorIan. If we start On The E note and play through the following notes we get a new mode, E phrygian. It’ss amazing how easy it is when you look into it. Basically, starting on a new note from a major scale gives us a new mode and a new sound.
The same set of notes can creatE completely different sounding scales depending on the root note.
In a future blog, we will look at the seven modes individually, what sound they give and how to use them.