Join Date: Jan 2005
Can I just check I have the modes right as it got confusing...
All these use the same notes, so they are 'relative to each other', ie A is the relative minor of C Major. Notice that the pattern just shifts left from one to the next.
1 2m 2 3m 3 4 4a 5 6m 6 7m 7
C Ionian WWHWWWH C D E F G A B THE MAJOR SCALE
D Dorian WHWWWHW D E F G A B C minor scale
E Phrygian HWWWHWW E F G A B C D minor scale
F Lydian WWWHWWH F G A B C D E major scale
G Mixolydian WWHWWHW G A B C D E F major scale
A Aeolian WHWWHWW A B C D E F G THE (NATURAL) MINOR SCALE
B Locrian HWWHWWW B C D E F G A diminished scale
A Harmonic Minor WHWWH3H A B C D E F G# minor scale
A Melodic Minor WHWWWWH A B C D E F# G# minor scale
Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian are major scales since they have perfect fifths and major thirds.
Dorian, Phrygian and Aeolian are minor scales since they have perfect fifths and minor thirds.
Locrian is a diminished scale as it has a flattened fifth (= an augmented fourth) and a minor third.
So is this correct?