# Are circle of fifths progressions generally practical for modes?

Earlier today I was working on mode utilizations, and as I was making a circle of fifths, here's what I got:

• C Ionian mode: C - F - Bdim - Em - Am - Dm - G - C (I - IV - viio - iii - vi - ii - V - I)
• D Dorian mode: Dm - G - C - F - Bdim - Em - Am - Dm (i - IV - VII - III - vio - ii - v - i)
• E Phrygian mode: Em - Am - Dm - G - C - F - F7(b5) - Em (i - iv - vii - III - VI - II - Fr. 6/i - i)
• F Lydian mode: F - Bdim - Em - Am - Dm - G - C - F (I - ivo - vii - iii - vi - II - V - I)
• G Mixolydian mode: G - C - F - Bdim - Em - Am - Dm - G (I - IV - VII - iiio - vi - ii - v - I)
• A Aeolian mode: Am - Dm - G - C - F - Bdim - Em - Am (i - iv - VII - III - VI - iio - v - i)
• B Locrian mode: Bm(no5) - Em - Am - Dm - G - C - C7(no5) - Bm(no5) (i(no5) - iv - vii - iii - VI - II - It. 6/i - i(no5))
• C Ionian mode: C - F - Bdim - Em - Am - Dm - G - C (I - IV - viio - iii - vi - ii - V - I)

Like this:

However, I think I have heard that circle of fifths progressions are basically tonal and not modal. Are they practical for modes or not?

• Write the list in a circle, and you'll see that each list starts on a different part of that circle. All you've done is repeat the pattern (with a couple of spurious chords). C Ionian has the same stuff as D Dorian, E Phrygian, F Lydian, etc.
– Tim
Jun 14, 2019 at 8:56
• E Phrygian with F7b5. And a dom 7 chord isn't the same as a Fr/ItGer6th. And Locrian doesn't work too well in this (or many other) situation.
– Tim
Jun 14, 2019 at 12:45
• What do you mean by practical? Are you doing composition, or analysis of existing music? Jun 14, 2019 at 16:26
• What makes a sequence of chords practical? Do you like the way it sounds? If you do, what could be more practical? Jun 15, 2019 at 7:15
• In historical use such progressions would have had more chromatic alteration (for example, a raised leading tone on the penultimate chord whenever it has a minor third, for example in the Dorian). These chromatic alterations were a big part of what led to the development of tonal music. I suspect that illustrating that is one of the points of doing an exercise like this. Jun 15, 2019 at 19:46