by Sr Fidelis
The FA Modes
Modes 5 and 6 are the FA Modes because they both share the same Home Tone – FA.
You’ll notice that the half steps in the FA scale shown below, have been marked with a caret. Listen for this sound as you sing along with the cantors.
Another interesting thing to note is that the FA scale sounds more familiar to our ears, than the RE and MI scales. It’s closer to the DO or Major Scale with the exception of the half step between TI and DO, which comes a step later than we’re used to hearing. I think you’ll agree it has a major sound to it!
The reciting tone for Mode 5 is DO. The chant “snippet” is taken from a familiar antiphon. You’ll notice it has a “bright”, major sound.