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December 04, 2007

Guitar modes

[if you've ever wanted to know]

Post #1

T*** wrote on Dec 2, 2007 at 11:10 AM.
Ya i've read so much stuff on modes and i have no idea whats going on. Can someone explain modes to me in english. thanks.


Post #2
J*** replied to T***'s post on Dec 2, 2007 at 11:38 AM.
The easiest way to think of modes is,

The C major scale, (Ionian)

C D E F G A B C,

If you use the same 7 notes but this time starting on D you get,

The D Dorian Scale, (Minor scale with raised 6th)

D E F G A B C D,

Then starting on E you get The E Phrygian scale, (Minor Scale with flattened 2nd)

E F G A B C D E.

The F Lydian scale, (Major scale with a raised 4th)

F G A B C D E F

The G Mixolydian, (Major scale with a flattened 7th, So it works over dominant chords)

G A B C D E F G

The A Aeolian scale, ( this is the same as the A minor scale)

A B C D E F G A

The B Lydian Scale ( This is A minor scale with a flattened 2nd and flattened 5th, it works over diminished chords)

B C D E F G A B

Basically the modes of the C major scale are using all the same 7 notes from the C major scale, but each scale starts on a different note, This works in all different keys as well. If you played used the notes in the key of F# and played B C# D# F F# G# A# B, you would've played B Lydian. I hope this helps. Did you notice that the order of the scales/modes goes, major, minor, minor, major, major, minor, diminished? This is the same as harmonizing the chords of the major scale.

[ganked from this facebook discussion]

4 Comments:

Nanga Fakir said...

where are you these days? hyderabad or firang-land?

Saturday Night Takeout said...

Hyderabad, eating biryani and watching pretty women getting drunk.

Nanga Fakir said...

Awesome...

Nonsensiclespeak: said...

I'm looking forward to hearing that stuff in English when we meet this weekend.