What are modes?

What is a mode?

Good Question:

A mode is an “inversion” of a scale:

For instance if you start a scale on the 2nd note of the C major scale you will be playing “D dorian mode”.

THEN WHY DO PEOPLE FIND IT CONFUSING? HEY, MR JAZZ MAN!

That is because of “transposition”.

For instance:

We can transpose that “Dorian mode of D” to any tonic we desire.

In the example below it is transposed to C as the tonic. 

How did I do this?

Well if the note D [Tonic of D dorian] is two 1/2 steps up from C then what is the note C two 1/2 steps up from? 
Answer is B flat. 
So we have a B flat scale staring on the note C.

C dorian mode

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Modes of there major scale diagram explanation

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