Music Theory Lesson Three – Modes and Minor Scales

A minor scale is nothing more than playing a major scale, but starting on a different note.  This idea of maintaining the major key but starting on different scale degrees is known as modes.  Each scale degree has a corresponding mode, each with their own unique flavor.  Just like there are 7 notes in a major scale, there are 7 musical modes.  Luckily, the two most common modes are major and minor, also known as Ionian and Aeolian.  They are both essentially the same scale, just starting on different degrees of the scale.  This means that if you already know the major scale, you are very close to also being able to play its relative minor. 


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