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Thread #95827   Message #1867445
Posted By: Charlie Baum
24-Oct-06 - 02:30 PM
Thread Name: Modes vs Scales
Subject: RE: Modes vs Scales
The letter tells you the starting note, or the tonic.

Modes give you at least seven possibilities for the distribution of whole and half steps as you go up ordown the scale (to use the classical seven modes of the Western musical tradition). Major/minor gives you only two. Major = aeolian. Minor - ionian.