Definition of music mode notion

In music, modes are ways of ordering music notes. For a given and named mode, each notes of the modes have specifics intervals starting from the tonic (first note)

Example of famous modes

Below are some famous modes:

Ionian Mode:

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

Major pentatonic mode

Major pentatonic mode contains only 5 notes.

Whole tone scale

Intervals between 2 successive notes are always 1 whole step united states of america (tone united kingdom).

As you can see and hear, a mode can contain 5, 6, 7, or less or more notes.

Others articles from this category:

Modern Western modes

Modern Western modes

Learn modern Westerns modes: Ionian mode, Dorian mode, Phrygian mode, Lydian mode, Mixolydian mode, Aeolian mode, and Locrian mode.

Pentatonic scale

Pentatonic scale

Pentatonic scale: Learn the notion of major pentatonic scale and minor pentatonic scale. Learn how is made pentatonic scales, see example of pentatonic scales.

Whole-tone scale

Whole-tone scale

Whole-tone scale, definition and examples. The whole-tone scale is one of the modes of limited transposition, because there is only transposition of this mode.

Blues scale

Blues scale

Blues scale explained. See the relationship between blues scale and minor pentatonic scale. Learn how to play and how to use blues scale and its transpositions

Modes of limited transposition

Modes of limited transposition

Modes of limited transposition are modes for which transpositions possibilities are limited. Learn all modes of limited transposition

External links to learn more about :

1 -
2 -
3 -

Find all my music theory games by clicking this link music theory games
music theory games


Write a comment

Your comment comment will be manually validate.

Your name/pseudo (needed) :

Email (optional) (needed if you want to be inform of a reply):

Image/photo (optional) (JPG, JPEG, PNG ou GIF) (image concerning your comment):

Javascript should be activated