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From their meaning to their history in Western music, here's an easy guide to modes. The modes were named after various regions, perhaps to represent the people who lived there, because Greek musical theorists were philosophers too, and associated the arts with aspects of morality. Some of them are major modes, some are minor, and some are ambiguous. Some modes are sadder or holier than others. It is the modern major scale.
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When teaching or learning how to play guitar, one of the first hurdles many of us face is finding songs to study that fit specific goals in our practise routine. One of these common hurdles is finding songs that fit particular modes and scales in order to zoom in and focus on just those sounds in the practice room. Two of the most common modes that guitarists explore, yet often have trouble finding specific songs to study in these modes are Dorian and Mixolydian. So, we posted the following on the RGT Facebook Page to see what our readers had to say about this topic.
Dorian mode or Doric mode can refer to three very different but interrelated subjects: one of the Ancient Greek harmoniai characteristic melodic behaviour, or the scale structure associated with it , one of the medieval musical modes , or, most commonly, one of the modern modal diatonic scales , corresponding to the white notes from D to D, or any transposition of this. The Dorian mode properly harmonia or tonos is named after the Dorian Greeks. Applied to a whole octave , the Dorian octave species was built upon two tetrachords four-note segments separated by a whole tone, running from the hypate meson to the nete diezeugmenon. In the enharmonic genus , the intervals in each tetrachord are quarter tone —quarter tone— major third. In the chromatic genus , they are semitone —semitone— minor third. In the diatonic genus , they are semitone—tone—tone. In the diatonic genus, the sequence over the octave is the same as that produced by playing all the white notes of a piano ascending from E to E,  a sequence equivalent to the modern Phrygian mode. Placing the single tone at the bottom of the scale followed by two conjunct tetrachords that is, the top note of the first tetrachord is also the bottom note of the second , produces the Hypodorian "below Dorian" octave species: A B C D E E F G A. Placing the two tetrachords together and the single tone at the top of the scale produces the Mixolydian octave species, a note sequence equivalent to modern Locrian mode.