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Everything you need to master the modes
On this page, you’ll find a link to all the video lessons you need to learn the modes.
Before you get your teeth into these you must first understand what a mode is, as well as know all your pentatonic scale shapes.
Once this is in place there is nothing stopping you from entering this deeper level of musical consciousness where you can fully engage with music harmonically.
With this in mind, let’s first find out, what is a mode?
What is a mode?
However, to learn modes on the guitar there is a much better way.
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Major Pentatonic modes
If you can already play a new Major Pentatonic when a chord change, adding a couple of notes and going modal really isn’t that difficult.
Go to Major pentatonic modes.
Minor Pentatonic modes
All you need to know is which chord has what scale connected to it.
Go to Minor pentatonic modes.
Ionian – Chord I
To learn it on the guitar you need to start with a chord shape, add a Major Pentatonic, and then two more intervals. Ionian will only appear naturally over chord I.
Go to Ionian.
Dorian – Chord II
Most commonly, you can use the Dorian mode whenever you play over chord II, which appears in most songs.
Go to Dorian.
Phrygian – Chord III
Just like with Dorian we build the mode by adding notes to the Minor Pentatonic. Most commonly, you use the Phrygian mode over chord III.
Go to Phrygian.
Phrygian Dominant – Chord IIIx
Just like the chord has gone from minor to major, so has the scale.
Go to Phrygian Dominant.
Lydian – Chord IV
Similar to Ionian in that we build it by first playing a chord shape, then a Major Pentatonic, then add two notes.
Go to Lydian.
Mixolydian – Chord V
When practicing this we again first play a chord shape, a major pentatonic, and then the last two notes to create this mode which will always work over chord V.
Go to Mixolydian.
Aeolian – Chord VI
From this point, we add the two intervals that give the Aeolian scale its distinctive sound.
The Aeolian mode is also known as the natural minor scale or just “minor”.
Go to Aeolian.
The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords, arpeggios, and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fret board.
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But don’t fret – As you’ve already mapped out the fret board with pentatonic scales and barre chords, extending the concept is actually really simple.
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Angels, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, Blackbird, Cannonball, Don’t Wait Too Long, I Shot The Sheriff, Over The Rainbow, Roxanne, Scarborough Fair, Sunshine Of Your Love, Take Me To The River, Tears In Heaven, and Wish You Were Here.
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Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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