The Architecture of Music


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In Specific Keys Modes Represent Specific Notes

In a key modes contain the exact same notes

The key note of a scale defines the note a scale’s formula begins from and dictates all the other notes for that scale for that instantiation of the scale. The diagram above shows the Suspended Pentatonic scale with A as the key note. If you study the diagram you will find each of the modes contain the exact same notes. What this means (note-wise) is that the A Suspended Pentatonic is equivalent to the B -Major Pentatonic (Major Pentatonic Inverse or Negative Major Pentatonic), D -Minor Pentatonic, E Minor Pentatonic, and G Major Pentatonic in that they all contain the exact same notes. The only difference is which note they begin from.