Locrian Mode

    🎨 A visual reference to the Locrian mode (aka Locrian scale), which is the 7th mode of the major scale. The Locrian mode is created from the major scale by flattening the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th scale degrees. The Locrian mode is diminished-sounding and sounds unresolved and strange.

    1 - b2 - b3 - 4 - b5 - b6 - b7

    Locrian Mode: Reference Table

    First, a reference table for the Locrian mode/scale for all the keys. The keys are in order of 5ths, as with the circle of fifths. This illustrates the close relationship between keys that are a 5th distance apart.

    IIiiiivVVIvii
    CD♭E♭FG♭A♭B♭C
    GA♭B♭CD♭E♭FG
    DE♭FGA♭B♭CD
    AB♭CDE♭FGA
    EFGAB♭CDE
    BCDEFGAB
    F♯GABCDEF♯
    D♭E♭♭F♭G♭A♭♭B♭♭C♭D♭
    A♭B♭♭C♭D♭E♭♭F♭G♭A♭
    E♭F♭G♭A♭B♭♭C♭D♭E♭
    B♭C♭D♭E♭F♭G♭A♭B♭
    FG♭A♭B♭C♭D♭E♭F

    And now for each of the keys/scales in more detail. Tip: click the lock icon to trigger the chords of that key using buttons 1 through 7 on your keyboard.

    C Locrian

    notes: C D E F G A B

    relative key: D major

    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C

    chords in the key of C Locrian

    D Locrian

    notes: D E F G A B C

    relative key: E major

    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D

    chords in the key of D Locrian

    E Locrian

    notes: E F G A B C D

    relative key: F major

    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E

    chords in the key of E Locrian

    F Locrian

    notes: F G A B C D E

    relative key: F major

    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • B
    • D
    • E
    • F

    chords in the key of F Locrian

    G Locrian

    notes: G A B C D E F

    relative key: G major

    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G

    chords in the key of G Locrian

    A Locrian

    notes: A B C D E F G

    relative key: A major

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A

    chords in the key of A Locrian

    B Locrian

    notes: B C D E F G A

    relative key: C major

    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B

    chords in the key of B Locrian

    C♯ / D♭ Locrian

    C Locrian: C D E F G A B

    D Locrian: D E F G A B C

    relative key: D major

    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C

    chords in the key of C Locrian

    D♯ / E♭ Locrian

    D Locrian: D E F G A B C

    E Locrian: E F G A B C D

    relative key: E major

    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D

    chords in the key of D Locrian

    F♯ / G♭ Locrian

    F Locrian: F G A B C D E

    G Locrian: G A B C D E F

    relative key: G major

    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F

    chords in the key of F Locrian

    G♯ / A♭ Locrian

    G Locrian: G A B C D E F

    A Locrian: A B C D E F G

    relative key: A major

    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G

    chords in the key of G Locrian

    A♯ / B♭ Locrian

    A Locrian: A B C D E F G

    B Locrian: B C D E F G A

    relative key: B major

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A

    chords in the key of A Locrian


    piano samples

    The piano samples used here are from “Salamander Grand Piano V3” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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