One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The mode represented by the natural diatonic scale B–B (containing a minor 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th, and a diminished 5th)
- ‘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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