Modes of the Major Scale
What are the 7 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.
How are built the modes of the major scale?
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 of the major scale :
- Ionian Mode | Interval pattern is 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
- Dorian Mode | Interval pattern is 1-2-b3-4-5-6-b7
- Phrygian Mode | Interval pattern is 1-b2-b3-4-5-b6-b7
- Lydian Mode | Interval pattern is 1-2-3-#4-5-6-7
- Mixolydian Mode | Interval pattern is 1-2-3-4-5-6-b7
- Aeolian Mode | Interval pattern is 1-2-b3-4-5-b6-b7
- Locrian Mode | Interval pattern is 1-b2-b3-4-b5-b6-b7
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This guitar lesson explain how to play the Ionian mode best known as the major scale on guitar. You will find in this page some guitar patterns, diagrams, exercises, licks and theory about this diatonic scale.
The Dorian mode is the minor scale to know for a jazz guitar player. It is the second mode of the major scale and an evident choice when you want to improvise over a minor chord. This jazz guitar lesson provides some diagrams, scales charts and jazz guitar lines to understand and recognize the Dorian mode.
Check out this guitar lesson with diagrams, scale charts and theory for a better understanding of the Phrygian mode .
What's the Lydian mode, how it is built. This article answers these questions. This guitar lesson with diagrams, audio files and formula charts show you how to play the Lydian mode on guitar.
This guitar lesson with scale charts and guitar diagrams provides useful information on how to play the Mixolydian mode aka dominant scale on guitar.
This guitar lesson with diagrams and formula charts explains how to play the Aeolian mode.
This jazz guitar lesson contains neck diagrams, scale charts, licks and theory to master the Locrian scale on guitar.