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01-04-2003, 08:55 PM
I know how modes work and that they each have major/minor and major seventh/minor seventh chords that coraspond to them. (eg: Ionian= Imaj or Imaj7.) I also know that each mode has a charicteristic note. ( eg- dorion's is the 6, phrigian is the b2, etc.) But I heard that you can construct different chords for each mode from this characteristic. PLease could someone tell me what they are.
Thanks. :)

01-04-2003, 09:20 PM
Sorry, but I don't understand this question. Anyone?

01-04-2003, 09:59 PM
What ?

01-06-2003, 07:57 AM
I think he is asking for chords that accentuate a specific mode.Like,Maj7#11 implies Lydian etc. and he is asking for the other chords for the rest of the modes.I know Phrygian Dominant mode is implied by a 7b9 chord.I think this is what Simon3 is asking for except for the rest of the modes of the Major scale.

01-06-2003, 12:58 PM
My problem with this is that it takes several characteristics notes to uniquely identify a particular mode (not one!). Some modes would require the spelling nearly the whole mode to uniquely Identify them, I don't think this guy was askng for 13th chords!. Didn't we discuss this topic already in the simplifying thread?

01-06-2003, 08:22 PM
Simon3 wrote:
Modal Chords and Charicteristic Notes....

01-15-2003, 03:31 AM
I think I understand what your saying. you really can't capture the full harmony of the mode without creating a 13th chord with all 7 notes, because the modes of the harmonic and melodic minor scales and modes will have a mode very simimlar, as will a lot of other obscure scales. It'll be implied more by what goes along the chord than anything else. but here would be the best ideas, that come really close:

Ionian: Maj11 (1-3-5-7-11)
Dorian: m13 (1-b3-5-b7-13)
Phygerian: m7b9 (1-b3-5-b7-b9)
Lydian: Maj7#11 or add9#11 (1-3-5-7-#11) or (1-3-5-9-#11)
Mixolydian: 13 (1-3-5-b7-13)
Aeolian: m9(b13) (1-b3-5-b7-9-b13)
Locarian: m7b5 (1-b3-b5-b7)