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Thread: Major modes/Minor modes

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    Major modes/Minor modes

    Which mode is major and which is minor? I realy hate to ask such a question lol but what are the alternate names for them as modes.
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    Study the construction of chords on each degree of the major scale.
    In C major: C (CEG) Dm (DFA) Em (EGB) F (FAC) G (GBD) Am (ACE) Bdim (BDF)
    Each corresponding mode matches the qualitiy of the chord.
    ie. C Major Chord C Ionian (Both Major), D Minor Chord D Dorian (Both Minor) etc...
    You have to do some work on your own to get this if it is spoonfed to you, you won'r relly get it.
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    WHy don't you try to read some of the theory articles to see if you can answer these questions on your own?
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    crucial piece of info: if a scale has a minor third instead of a major third degree, then it is a minor scale.
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    Ionian- Major
    Dorian- Minor
    Phrygian- Minor
    Lydian- Major
    Mixolydian- Major
    Aeolian- Minor
    Locrian- Minor

    A minor third indicates a, well, minor scale. If you're not sure if a scale is major or minor, simply look to see if it has a minor third. I should probably mention that "minor third" is a term for a flattened third.

    Ionian is another term for the Major scale, and Aeolian is another term for the Natural Minor scale.

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    LOL after i asked this question i went to a site and found the answer befor any one else could sorry to put you throuhg the trouble. Ionian(which I will probley spell the modes wrong lmao) is the major abviously because its the root mode and the 6th mode (aleion or the one that starts with an a) is the minor within the same key. Thanks for the trouble and once again sorry for the stupid question.
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