We kick off Part 2 of our Modal courses with the Mixolydian mode. This mode is commonly used in blues and jazz, and is very much a dominant mode as it's based on the 5th degree of the scale. Dan takes you through the ins and outs in this cool lesson!
Our 6th major scale mode is known as the Aeolian mode, but more commonly referred to as the minor scale! Yep, the Aeolian is the natural minor scale! You will therefore be familiar with the sound of this scale, but hopefully start to develop a new understanding for the scale within the context of the modes.
The final major scale mode is the Locrian mode, which is the darkest of all the mades as it's based on the diminished chord from the 7th degree of the scale. This scale is used more regularly in Metal as the diminished chords tend to get used there, but can also be seen regularly in jazz music. This mode will complete the set and give us all 7 modal scales to work with.
Grouping Major Modes
Now we have all 7 modal scales, it is time to start grouping them so we know how to use them. We start by taking all three major modes and comparing them to work out the differences in each scale. This process gives us a far deeper understanding of how to then use the scales within improvising and for songwriting.
Grouping Minor Modes
Now we have grouped the major modes and have a clear understanding of the difference between them, it is time to group the minor modes. We use the natural minor (Aeolian) as our base scale and then compare the Dorian and Phrygian scale directly to that.