The Architecture of Music

Modes

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In Specific Keys, Scale Degrees Represent Specific Notes

In a key modes contain the exact same notes

The key note of a mode defines the note a mode’s formula begins from and dictates all the other notes for that mode. The diagram above shows the Suspended Pentatonic scale with A as the key note of its mode I, B as the key note of its mode II, and so on. If you study the diagram above 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 their key note—the note they begin from.