Modes of the major scale
Ecclesiastical 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 :
- Ionian (major). Also known as major scale. Here is the formula 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
- Dorian (minor). Formula is 1-2-b3-4-5-6-b7
- Phrygian (minor). Formula is 1-b2-b3-4-5-b6-b7
- Lydian (major).Formula is 1-2-b3-#4-5-b6-7
- Mixolydian (dominant) 1-2-3-4-5-6-b7
- Aeolian (minor) 1-2-b3-4-5-b6-7
- 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.
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.
The dorian mode is the minor scale to know for a jazz guitar player. This jazz guitar lesson contains patterns, diagrams, theory.
This jazz guitar lesson is about the phrygian mode, the third mode of the major scale. Diagrams, patterns, scales charts and music theory.
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.
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.
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.
Jazz lesson with guitar diagrams, patterns, licks and theory tomaster the locrian mode on guitar.