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From the Latin modus meaning 'measure' or 'standard.' A series of notes into which the octave is divided according to specific systems. These systems or modes are used as the basis for composing music. The major and minor scales are modes, as well as the gypsy scale, the Gregorian modes, rhythmic modes, etc.
See more about modern scale construction in the Appendix.


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