By definition, a major scale is:
W W H W W W H
similarly, a minor scale is:
W H W W H W W
Now, the standard notion of Greek modes begins with: a major scale, and the construction of the modes with the steps and whole steps of the major scale, like:
- Choose the C key and build its major scale:
W W H W W W H = C D E F G A B C This is the famous Ionian mode.
- Now, choose the next note of the scale as key: D.
Then, note that we can construct a new scale pattern just seeing the steps and whole steps between the notes (which will ends in D):
W H W W W H W = D E F G A B C D This is the famous Dorian mode.
Now, the whole thing began with a major scale as fundamental pattern. Therefore, my question is: What if we start with a minor scale; it will be called "minor Greek modes"?