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Uncle Bob's Guitar Lessons
Lesson 3 - Elementary Chords And Theory
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Guitar and Music Theory

Chords found in Modal Scales

(Please see the" Chords Found in a Major Scale" page first.)

I don't want to get into modes too heavily here, but here is a list of chords that you would find in each of the several most-used modal scales:

Degree/Mode Ionian Dorian Phrygian Lydian Mixolydian Aeolian Locrian
Tonic Maj min min Maj Maj min dim
Supertonic min min Maj Maj min dim Maj
Mediant min Maj Maj min dim Maj min
Subdominant Maj Maj min dim Maj min min
Dominant Maj min dim Maj min min Maj
Submediant min dim Maj min min Maj Maj
Subtonic dim Maj min min Maj Maj min

As stated above, I don't want to get into modes too heavily, but suffice it to say that the Ionian mode is the same as a major scale, and the Aeolian mode is the same as a minor scale.


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