I'm not sure this thread belongs in this area, since I couldn't find a "Music Theory" section.
Anyway, I've been studying music theory(just finished learning how to read scales and key signatures without memorizing the circle of 5ths<---evil).
One quick inquiry I have regards the "Church Modes"(Ionian, Dorian, Mixolydian, etc,). I can't seem to truly understand how they work and for what reason do you use them? I can understand how it would work on a C Maj scale, but I get lost when you try to apply it to the other maj scales. I've also hear they are foundational for constructing melodies. How does that even work?
I'm sorry if you feel like I'm bombarding you with questions, especially ones coming from a music theory newbie...
I look forward to your help!