Modes of the major scale

Scales & modesEcclesiastical modes, also named "church modes", "Greek modes" or "Gregorian modes" formed in the Middle Ages a set of scales whose use has weakened because of the appearance of the major / minor tonal system. Many centuries later these modes have reappeared. 

Modes of a scale are constructed by moving the tonic on the different degrees of this scale. There are seven modes in the major scale, these are the most important modes et the most used in jazz music.

Here are the seven modes :

  1. Ionian (major). Also known as major scale. Here is the formula 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
  2. Dorian (minor). Formula is 1-2-b3-4-5-6-b7
  3. Phrygian (minor). Formula is 1-b2-b3-4-5-b6-b7
  4. Lydian (major).Formula is 1-2-b3-#4-5-b6-7
  5. Mixolydian (dominant) 1-2-3-4-5-6-b7
  6. Aeolian (minor) 1-2-b3-4-5-b6-7
  7. Locrian (half-diminished) 1-b2-b3-4-b5-b6-b7

By following the links below you will learn how the modes works and how to play them on the guitar.

Ionian mode guitar diagram
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The ionian mode (major scale) | Guitar lesson | Diagrams, theory & jazz licks

How to play the ionian mode also known as the major scale on guitar. You will find guitar patterns, diagrams, licks and theory about this major scale.

Dorian mode guitar diagram
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The dorian mode | Free guitar lesson, diagrams, theory & licks

The dorian mode is the minor scale to know for a jazz guitar player. This jazz guitar lesson contains patterns, diagrams, theory.

Phrygian mode guitar diagrams patterns
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The phrygian mode | Free guitar lesson with guitar diagrams & patterns

This jazz guitar lesson is about the phrygian mode, the third mode of the major scale. Diagrams, patterns, scales charts and music theory.

Lydian mode guitar diagram pattern
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The lydian mode | Free guitar lesson | Diagrams and patterns for guitar

This lesson show you how to play the lydian mode on a guitar.It is a major type scale very used in jazz music. It has a raised fourth. Diagrams and patterns.

Mixolydian mode guitar diagram pattern
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The mixolydian mode | Free guitar lesson | Diagrams & patterns

The mixolydian mode also called dominant scale for guitar.This lesson shows you how to play the mixolydian mode on guitar using scales charts and patterns.

Aeolian mode guitar diagram pattern
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The aeolian mode (natural minor scale) | Guitar lesson diagrams, patterns and theory

The aeolian mode is a minor type scale and one of the seven modes from the major scale. Here are some diagrams and patterns to play this scale on guitar.

Locrian mode guitar diagram pattern
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The locrian mode | Guitar diagrams and theory

Jazz lesson with guitar diagrams, patterns, licks and theory tomaster the locrian mode on guitar.

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