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After learning about major and minor scales, then next piece of the music theory puzzle is to learn about modes. The most common modes are derived from the major scale. In fact, the minor scale itself can be thought of as a mode derived from the major scale. So first we are going review the basics of major and minor scales, then off to the modes.

 

 

The Major Scale
AKA Ionian Mode

The notes from  C - C (no sharps, no flats) make up a C major scale.

 

C major scale - C D E F G A B C

Each note in a major scale is numbered from 1 to 7. This is going to be very important as we dig deeper into modes.

C major scale - C D E F G A B C
                1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1

Basic C Major Scale Form
Scale functions indicated

|--7--|--1--|-----|--2--| -1st string
|-----|--5--|-----|--6--|
|--2--|-----|--3--|--4--|
|--6--|-----|--7--|--1--|
|--3--|--4--|-----|--5--|
|-----|--1--|-----|--2--| -6th string
         |
        8th fret

Page 2, Review of the minor scale

 

Modes 101 jump zone

Review of the major scale
Review of the minor scale
Relative modes
Parallel modes
Modes and chord scales

Major and minor modes
Characteristic notes
Establishing the sound of a mode
Modes and chord use - scale fingering links



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