Intoroductory notes on the modes

This article is about modes as used in music.

In the theory of western music, a mode is a type of musical scale coupled with a set of characteristic melodic behaviors. For example, the gregorian mode (greek mode) is the mode used for the classification of Gregorian chant.

Greek modes

Mode I: Dorian
Mode II: Hypodorian
Mode III: Phrygian
Mode IV: Hypophrygian
Mode V: Lydian
Mode VI: Hypolydian
Mode VII: Mixolydian
Mode VIII: Hypo Mixolydian

The following modern modes are used in modern times.


In Jazz, from around the 1960s, modern modes have been used. The first method is to use as an available note scale in certain code. The second method is to use mode as a tone, and to phrasing and harmony on it. In the second method, the emphasis is placed on the dominant tones and characteristic sounds.

In modern times, the mode is used to escape from music by a traditional narrow sense of tonality, that is, major and minor. For this reason, Ionian is not used because it makes it feel like a major tonality which is too much conventional tonality.