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Locrian mode Syllabification: Lo·cri·an mode
Pronunciation: /ˈlōkrēən/ /ˈläkrē-/

Definition of Locrian mode in English:


The mode represented by the natural diatonic scale B-B (containing a minor 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th, and a diminished 5th).
Example sentences
  • Thus, much of his analysis derives from his asking participants whether, and how, a specific chord ‘feels’ like a tonic or a subdominant, etc., or whether a guitar riff ‘feels’ in the Locrian mode, etc.


Late 19th century: Locrian from Greek Locris, a division of ancient Greece, + -ian; named after an ancient Greek mode but not identifiable with it.

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