How to Harmonize Modes.


Some words about this webpage.

You will find for each mode, the corresponding scale in both picture form and also the PDF file you can download. I hope you will find some interest in those scales. The fingering I suggest is the one I would recommend. This fingering technic is the one that starts and returns on the same finger. In case you have a question about it, feel free to ask.


As you can see, we start off directly with the Dorian mode. But what about the Ionian mode which is the first one (I). In fact, the Ionian mode is exactly the same as the C major scale. See Ionian mode here. 


Dorian Mode (II)

Some Dorian themes are based on a single chord and modulate on another l-7 placed above the first one. To avoid the monotony, due to the presence of a single chord, one often uses fourth voicing. "So what", by Miles Davis and "Impressions" by John Coltrane are composed in this way. Please note that none of the modes below have a Major (V7) and thus no dominant seventh chords.

Diatonic Dorian chords

Phrygian Mode (lII)

The Phrygian mode is the old D mode in the Ancient Greek modes and has become the E mode in the middle age. Characteristic note= b2

Phrygian Diatonic Chords

Lydian Mode (IV)

Characteristic note c=#4
Lydian Diatonic Chords

Mixolydian Mode (V)

Mixolydian Diatonic Chords

Aeolian Mode (VI)

The Aeolian mode is also called the natural minor mode (-Nat). It has no leading tone. So the (V) degree, can not be used to resolve on its Tonic. Its Tritone being placed between the degree (ll) and degree (VI). 

C natural minor scale and its relative Major scale
Aeolian Diatonic Chords