What are Modes in Music?
By: Jerry A. Greene
Question: What are the different modes in musical scales?
Answer: There are 7 different modes that we have in music:
By now, you may already be able to figure out how you would figure out the rest of them. If you have the C major key signature (again, no sharps, or flats), but the music seems to be centered around a D, then you are in D Dorian. Centering around an E, E Phrygian and so on...
If you want to try to figure out how to play in a mode, using a different key, you just have to look at it from another point of view. Let's say that you want to play A Dorian. Well Dorian implies that you are starting off the 2nd degree of the major scale, so what is A the second degree of? G major! Therefore, if you use the G major scale (1 Sharp (F#)) and center the music around the A, you are getting a sound of A Dorian.