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Modern Western modes

Names of modern Western modes comes from ancient Greek music theory but it is the only similarity between them.

Abbreviations used in this article:

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W = Whole step
H = Half step

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T = Tone
S = Semitone

Ionian mode


Interval sequence :
united states of america W-W-H-W-W-W-H
united kingdom T-T-S-T-T-T-S


Note: All major scales are in fact transpositions of the Ionian mode.

Dorian mode


Interval sequence :
united states of america W-H-W-W-W-H-W
united kingdom T-S-T-T-T-S-T


Phrygian mode


Interval sequence :
united states of america H-W-W-W-H-W-W
united kingdom S-T-T-T-S-T-T


Lydian mode


Interval sequence :
united states of america W-W-W-H-W-W-H
united kingdom T-T-T-S-T-T-S


Mixolydian mode


Interval sequence :
united states of america W-W-S-W-W-S-W
united kingdom T-T-S-T-T-S-T


Aeolian mode


Interval sequence :
united states of america W-H-W-W-H-W-W
united kingdom T-S-T-T-S-T-T


Note: All minor natural scales are in fact transpositions of the Aeolian mode.

Locrian mode


Interval sequence :
united states of america H-W-W-H-W-W-W
united kingdom S-T-T-S-T-T-T


Transpositions off modern Western modes

Transposed Dorian mode


Interval sequence :
united states of america W-H-W-W-W-H-W
united kingdom T-S-T-T-T-S-T

Transposed Dorian mode[

Transposed Phrygian mode


Interval sequence :
united states of america H-W-W-W-H-W-W
united kingdom S-T-T-T-S-T-T

Transposed Phrygian mode

Transposed Lydian mode


Interval sequence :
united states of america W-W-W-H-W-W-H
united kingdom T-T-T-S-T-T-S

Transposed Lydian mode

Transposed Mixolydian mode


Interval sequence :
united states of america W-W-H-W-W-H-W
united kingdom T-T-S-T-T-S-T

Transposed Mixolydian mode

Transposed Aeolian mode


Interval sequence :
united states of america W-H-W-W-H-W-W
united kingdom T-S-T-T-S-T-T

Transposed Aeolian mode

Transposed Locrian mode


Interval sequence :
united states of america H-W-W-H-W-W-W
united kingdom S-T-T-S-T-T-T

Transposed Locrian mode


External links to learn more about:

1 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mode_(music)
2 - https://ledgernote.com/columns/music-theory/musical-modes-explained/
3 - https://www.dolmetsch.com/musictheory31.htm#modes



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