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Thread #6800   Message #40146
Posted By: Alan of Australia
01-Oct-98 - 05:44 AM
Thread Name: Modes?
Subject: RE: Modes?
G'day,
In the list of modes above the locrian mode is missing. If we take the white notes only, a scale based on

C is Ionian 1st, 3rd & 5th form a major chord
D is Dorian 1st, 3rd & 5th form a minor chord
E is Phrygian 1st, 3rd & 5th form a minor chord
F is Lydian 1st, 3rd & 5th form a major chord
G is Mixolydian 1st, 3rd & 5th form a major chord
A is Aeolian 1st, 3rd & 5th form a minor chord
B is Locrian 1st, 3rd & 5th form a diminished chord

Which is probably why you seldom hear the locrian mode.

These modes are named after places in ancient Greece. Obviously the phrygian mode is named after the place where they kept their beer.

(Actually I think it's technically more correct that they were named after tribes or clans.)

Cheers,
Alan