Major Scale and Modes



Welcome to my page on the Major Scale!

The Ionian Scale makes up a large part of Western Harmony as we know it.

In fact, the Major Scale is THE most used Scale in the Western World.

Since most of what you'll play is built off of this Scale, it is important to have a decent grasp on how to play and understand this Scale.

Along with the good-old Ionian Scale, I've also included all of the modes so that you have a few new tools to work with.

Have Fun!


Ionian (Major):

This Scale Contains:

Root
Major 2nd
Major 3rd
Perfect 4th
Perfect 5th
Major 6th
Major 7th


Dorian:

This Scale Contains:

Root
Major 2nd
Minor 3rd
Perfect 4th
Perfect 5th
Major 6th
Minor 7th


Phrygian:

This Scale Contains:

Root
Minor 2nd
Minor 3rd
Perfect 4th
Perfect 5th
Minor 6th
Minor 7th


Lydian:

This Scale Contains:

Root
Major 2nd
Major 3rd
Augmented 4th
Perfect 5th
Major 6th
Major 7th


Mixolydian:

This Scale Contains:

Root
Major 2nd
Major 3rd
Perfect 4th
Perfect 5th
Major 6th
Minor 7th


Aeolian (Natural Minor):

This Scale Contains:

Root
Major 2nd
Minor 3rd
Perfect 4th
Perfect 5th
Minor 6th
Minor 7th


Locrian:

This Scale Contains:

Root
Minor 2nd
Minor 3rd
Perfect 4th
Diminished 5th
Minor 6th
Minor 7th



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