• Nov 30, 2021 - 10:25

I was just asking about modes. I can't seem to delete this post. I've forgotten.


In reply to by DanielR

Hello Daniel
I am trying to confirm that there is a C mode ithat just uses the white notes for
D E F G A B, EFGABCDE, FGABCDEF, GABCDEFG, ABCDEFGA, BCDEFGAB. these are all white notes in the various modes.
Then there is Modes for each scale that uses the flats and sharps associated.
so that F scale uses the Bb for each mode.
G scale mode uses the F# for each mode. G ABCDEF#, ABCDEF#G, BCDEF#GA, etc
D scale mode uses the F# C# for each modal DEF#GABC#, EF#GABC#D, etc

and does this affect the chord shapes for the different scale modes?

In reply to by mpvick

In the above Wiki, scroll down to the modern mode section. In MuseScore, write out any of your examples and then match them to one of the examples in the wiki. Note where the whole and half steps are.
A chord shape is a chord shape is a chord shape.
Personally, I have no interest in any modes but major and minor. But that's me.

In reply to by mpvick

FWIW, since you already have an account on my Mastering MuseScore School, I'd recommend hopping over to the Community site (see, which is free, and is a great place for these sorts of discussions.

As it is, I don't really understand your question, there isn't such a thing as "a C mode", but certainly, the historical modes were all "white notes" (not that keyboard instruments were involved, or that the ones that existed even had black and white keys).

It's not particularly useful to think of modes as being related to each other in the way you seem to be thinking, though. Yes, D dorian happens to have the same notes as G mixolydian. This is about as relevant as the fact that my name - Marc Sabatella - happens to have the same letters as the phrase "alabaster clam". True, but not relevant. If you want to understand dorian, understand it for what it is, not for what other mode happens to have the same notes. For instance, you can see dorian as being like a major scale but with b3 and b7, or like minor but with 6 instead of b6.

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