View Full Version : Fingering for modes?

02-03-2009, 03:00 AM
Is there a specific fingering for the different modes? I'm currently learning about the different modes in class now. It's easy to play all the modes in C since there no sharps and no flats. However, when I get to F for example.. there's a Bb. What guide should I use in terms of fingering? Do I start from the same finger that I would use if I were playing the Ionian? Help plz.

02-03-2009, 12:23 PM
I think this will help.
You get the Bb with the 4th.

That will give you the fingering for all the scales, however, modes made me stop and think, I've never done modes, on the keyboard, scales yes, but modes no.

Good question -- I would have to play around with parallel numbering:
Ionian 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Dorian 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, 6, b7
Phrygian 1, b2, b3, 4, 5, b6, b7
Etc, etc, but, I'm confused and do not think that is the way to go about this.

That site I listed will help with the Major and minor scale fingering, however, I'm not sure of the best way to do the modes of a specific scale. I'm confused between using relative or parallel...... Modes of C - relative would be the way to go, however modes of scales with flats or sharps - I want to say parallel would be the way....

If you find out come back and let me know the answer.

EDIT Found this: