Question: What is a Mode
Modes are scales that are formed by taking the notes of an existing scale but starting from a note other than the original keynote. This results in each mode having a unique tonality. The most common modes played on the guitar are those of the major scale, particularly the Dorian, Lydian and Mixolydian.
*Identical to the modern major scale, and begins on C.
C (the tonic),
D (a major 2nd above the tonic),
E (a major 3rd above the tonic),
F (a perfect 4th),
G (a perfect 5th),
A (a major 6th),
B (a major 7th),
C and the upper-octave to complete the scale
- Tonic seventh chord: CM7
- Dominant triad (in modern tonal thinking, the next-most important chord root after the tonic): G
- Seventh chord on the dominant: G7 (a "dominant 7th" chord type, so-called because of its position in this—and only this—modal scale)