In this lesson we introduce the basic idea of modes and talk through what a modal scale is. Modes are one of those subjects that is often over complicated in books and magazines, but is actually very simple once you get past the initial concept, which we cover in this lesson!
A mode is quite simply starting and resolving to a note other within a scale. In this course we are dealing with the major scale modes, which are scales based off of each individual note in the major scale. Let's use an example to clarify this:
There is our simple C major scale. If we choose to start and resolve to a different degree of the scale (different note) then we will be playing a mode of the scale. For example: