List of modes with brief explanation
Modes are often confusing to people. A good way to begin learning about modes is to become familiar with the sound of each mode. Then when you are learning the theory , you will already be familiar with the sound and feel of each mode and have a reference point.
Record each of these modes. Chances are, if you have a cell phone, it has an audio recording application. Listen to the recordings and learn to name the modes by the sound of them alone.
C Ionian C D E F G A B C
D Dorian D E F G A B C D
E Phrygian E F G A B C D E
F Lydian F G A B C D E F
G Mixolydian G A B C D E F G
A Aeolian A B C D E F G A
B Locrian B C D E F G A B
Once familiar with the sound of each mode move onto learning the theory. Modes are part of the foundation of music theory.