Friday, October 23, 2009

Learning and Playing The Modes On Guitar...and More

This lesson is an introductory to learning the modes and learning how to play them on the guitar neck.I am starting with 3 of the 7 modes.They will be the A Ionian,then the A Dorian and then onto the A Phrygian.This learning and exercise can be done all at once.Otherwords,daily,playing first the A Ionian,then onto the A Dorian and then onto the A Phrygian.
We will eventually go through all 7 modes by simply applying a different Major scale to each mode,BUT,starting on the A note each time!
The Ionian is simply the Major scale.That is easy right.So we will play the A Ionian,beginning on the 6th string/5th fret/2nd finger.... Ionian 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
OK...the Ionian is played over a Major chord progression...//A Major /D Major /A /D //

Now we will learn the A Dorian mode/a G Major scale with an A root note!We will again start on the 6th string,5th fret,with the 2nd finger.... Dorian 1-2-b3-4-5-6-b7
Try playing two chords... Am7 to an Am6 or D7 add9... //Am7 /Am6 /Am7/ Am6 //

And now onto the Phrygian Mode/an F Major scale with an A root note... Phrygian.This time the starting root note A(6th string 4th fret),should be played with the 1st finger.
The Phrygian mode is very exotic,as well as Spanish sounding.It is heard often in Spanish music.Play an A Major chord to A# Major and back to A Major...//A /A# /A /A# /A //
Now play the A Phrygian mode :-).Now you are seeing how the chord will dictate what choices you have to play,as far as scales and modes :-).

The Modes and their formulas...
Ionian 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
Dorian 1-2-b3-4-5-6-b7
Phrygian 1-b2-b3-4-5-b6-b7
Lydian 1-2-3-#4-5-6-7
Mixolydian 1-2-3-4-5-6-b7
Aeolian 1-2-b3-4-5-b6-b7
Locrian 1-b2-b3-4-b5-b6-b7

Next lesson will be the Lydian and and Mixolydian.And you will begin to see where all this is going!But for now,get the above 3 modes under your fingers :-),and remember the chord/chords that are used with each!

Learning and Playing The Modes On Guitar...Lesson 2


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