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I know the modes from the major scale pretty well, and I've come to know that other scales like the melodic minor scales also has modes. So my question is, what other scales can modes be based off of besides the major scale? Or is it just that modes can be based off of the scales major, minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, harmonic major, etc.. A list if possible would be good. Thanks.

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You can have modes off every scale. To simplify what a mode is, try to think of it as a different note to start each scale. Even if you don't know the notes/name of some mode, just play the notes of the scale you want and each time start from a different note of the scale.

Here is a list of the modes from the Melodic Minor scale: enter image description here

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    This is exactly right. I'd just add that when people say "the modes" they usually mean the modes of the major scale. – Alex Jun 23 '17 at 22:08
  • Yep; "rotations" of scales is the general term for such "modes" of all scale types. "Rotations" thus indicates that you "rotate" the scale to begin on a pitch other than tonic. – Richard Jun 24 '17 at 0:19
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    All good stuff - but should the 2nd be Phrygian natural 6, and the 6th Locrian natural 2? – Tim Jun 24 '17 at 6:48
  • You can even theoretically get modes of scales like the whole tone scale and the chromatic scale this way--although modes of those scales sound just like transposed versions of the original, so they're pretty boring. – Dekkadeci Jun 24 '17 at 16:04
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    @Tim, writing these as ♯6 and ♯2 is a convention that seems to have some logic and precedence. Phrygian ♯6 is a way of saying "the sixth tone of this scale is a half step above the sixth tone of the normal Phrygian scale." I don't know whether one is more accepted than the other--I'm used to seeing like you, I'm used to seeing the ♮ symbol, like you. – jdjazz Jun 25 '17 at 0:34
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You're exactly right that modes can be created from virtually any scale. Below, I've included the modes of harmonic minor, melodic minor, harmonic major, and major (which you already know).

Modes of Harmonic Minor Scale

  1. Harmonic Minor: 1 2 ♭3 4 5 ♭6 7

  2. Locrian ♮6: 1 ♭2 ♭3 4 ♭5 6 ♭7

  3. Ionian ♯5: 1 2 3 4 ♯5 6 7

  4. Dorian ♯4: 1 2 ♭3 ♯4 5 6 ♭7

  5. Phrygian major: 1 ♭2 3 4 5 ♭6 ♭7

  6. Lydian ♯2: 1 ♯2 3 ♯4 5 6 7

  7. Altered ♭♭7: 1 ♭2 ♭3 ♭4 ♭5 ♭6 ♭♭7

Modes of Melodic Minor Scale

  1. Melodic Minor: 1 2 ♭3 4 5 6 7

  2. Phrygian ♮6: 1 ♭2 ♭3 4 5 6 ♭7

  3. Lydian Augmented: 1 2 3 ♯4 ♯5 6 7

  4. Lydian Dominant: 1 2 3 ♯4 5 6 ♭7

  5. Mixolydian ♭6: 1 2 3 4 5 ♭6 ♭7

  6. Locrian ♮2: 1 2 ♭3 4 ♭5 ♭6 ♭7

  7. Altered Scale: 1 ♭2 ♭3 ♭4 ♭5 ♭6 ♭7

Modes of Harmonic Major Scale

  1. Harmonic Major: 1 2 3 4 5 ♭6 7

  2. Dorian ♭5: 1 2 ♭3 4 ♭5 6 ♭7

  3. Phrygian ♭4: 1 ♭2 ♭3 ♭4 5 ♭6 ♭7

  4. Lydian ♭3: 1 2 ♭3 ♯4 5 6 7

  5. Mixolydian ♭2: 1 ♭2 3 4 5 6 ♭7

  6. Lydian Augmented ♯2: 1 ♯2 3 ♯4 ♯5 6 7

  7. Locrian ♭♭7: 1 ♭2 ♭3 4 ♭5 ♭6 ♭♭7

Modes of Major Scale

  1. Ionian: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

  2. Dorian: 1 2 ♭3 4 5 6 ♭7

  3. Phrygian: 1 ♭2 ♭3 4 5 ♭6 ♭7

  4. Lydian: 1 2 3 ♯4 5 6 7

  5. Mixolydian: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ♭7

  6. Aeolian: 1 2 ♭3 4 5 ♭6 ♭7

  7. Locrian: 1 ♭2 ♭3 4 ♭5 ♭6 ♭7

Modes of Pentatonic Scale

  1. Major Pentatonic Scale: 1 2 3 4 5

  2. Suspended Pentatonic Scale: 1 2 4 5 ♭7

  3. Blues Minor Pentatonic Scale: 1 ♭3 4 ♭6 ♭7

  4. Blues Major Pentatonic Scale: 1 2 4 5 6

  5. Minor Pentatonic Scale: 1 ♭3 4 5 ♭7

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