The Architecture of Music

Modes

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Inverse Modes

Inverse Modes

Just like chords, every scale (with the exception of symmetrical scales) has a negative counterpart with an inverse formula. Study the diagram above to see how the modes’ formulas and COF diagrams inverse about the mirror lines. With modes, all the chords that can be played with one mode are negative chords with the chords that can be played with that mode’s inverse. Study the diagram of the chords and modes on page 9 of this section to understand this phenomenon. When naming scales, the negative or inverse naming method can be used to divide the different names by two and immediately describe the inverse formula relationship between two modes.