I see countries just use either the major or minor scale. But I'm wondering if someone knows of a country that uses another mode (apart from major and minor scale) for their anthem?

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This Wikipedia entry on national anthems notes that most national anthems use a major scale tonality. A number of exceptions which use a minor tonality are listed.

But there is also a list of national anthems which use a pentatonic scale for fundamental material, as well as a list of anthems which use "unique modes/modulations."

A couple of particular examples: "Kimgayo", the national anthem of Japan, uses a pentatonic scale, while "Garaşsyz, Bitarap Türkmenistanyň Döwlet Gimni", the national anthem of Turkmenistan, uses the Mixolydian mode.

  • so if 1 country out of 195 uses mixolydian that shows me that modes are simply not that relevant in music (apart from minor that is). I dont consider pentatonic or modulations that much different than basic major or minor keys so I dont consider them modes. good to know. kind of unmotivates me to practice modes tho.
    – user34288
    Jan 31 '18 at 0:17
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    There is a lot of good that can come from studying scales and modes, and they can be very useful. Otherwise, why not just stick to the chromatic scale and be done with it! Scales and modes provide a way of "chunking" information.
    – ex nihilo
    Jan 31 '18 at 0:31

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