The Architecture of Music

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Modes are Named in Ascending Order

Modes are named in ascending pitch order

Each note in a scale represents a mode and they are named numerically in ascending pitch order. The number of modes in a scale is equal to the number of tones in that scale. For example, the scale above has five tones, and thus has five scale steps and five modes. A 7-tone scale will have seven scale steps and seven modes and so on.