Modes are early forms of scales which were invented by the ancient Greeks before the major scale had been established. They are still used today to add slightly different tonal qualities to a piece of music, in preference to the constant use of the major scale. However, modes contain all the same notes of the major scale. Let’s explain: If … Read More

Applications of Modes and Scales

When talking about a set of chords in a key, we label each chord with a roman numeral (I to VII). There are seven chords in all, one built on each note of the scale: The chord C Major will appear as: Notes: I chord in the key of C Major (IONIAN) C – D – E – F – … Read More