More About Modes The Biggest Misconception in All of Modal Land
Hey, if I'm playing A Dorian than I must be playing in the key of A.
Hey, if I'm playing A Mixolydian than I must be playing in the key of A.
Hey, if I'm playing in YOUR MODE HERE than I must be playing in the key of YOUR KEY HERE.
Well, sorta Know this!
A relative mode ONLY uses notes from the selected Major scale. You are essentially playing within the Major scale of choice, but starting on a different note as required by the mode selected.
If you are playing B Dorian as a relative mode you are playing A Major. Sorta. No notes outside of the notes natural to A Major are used.
You play A to A - Ionian
You play B to B - Dorian
You play C♯ to C♯ - Phrygian
…and so forth…
…The notes are ALL the same, just using a different note as the starting point…
All notes are the same.
…And know this!
A parallel mode uses notes that are not found in the selected Major scale. If are playing A Dorian as a parallel mode you will have some notes not found in the A Major scale. Dorian indicates the 2nd position in a Major scale. The A note is in the 2nd position of a scale only in the G Major scale.
A is the second note of the G Major Scale. A is the second note (Dorian) ONLY in the G Major scale.
When you play A Dorian in parallel form you are actually playing the G Major scale.
You are emphasizing - tastefully - that A note, 'cuz if you weren't you would just be playing the G Major scale.
A Dorian in parallel mode form is only found in the G Major scale
When you play A Dorian in parallel form you accentuate - tastefully- the A note.
Too many words huh? And why is that?
Well, here are two diagrams that show you why!
Relative Mode Parallel Mode
Minimal Modal Requirements
✔︎Know the patterns and positions of the Major scale
✔︎Know the arpeggios within the Major scale
✔︎Understand the concept of Parent Scale
✔︎Know the note or notes of modal significance within the Mode
& you can play those modes