Modes Of The Major Scale Index
Everything you might want to know about The Modes Of The Major Scale, how they works, patterns to play and how to use them!
Modes suffer from possibly more confusion than any other topic that I know of on guitar, but they are actually very simple... In this series I hope to dispel some of the myths and explain what they are and how to use them.
SC-501 • Introduction To Modes
This lesson just covers some basic information on the modes to get you going before you start.
SC-502 • What To Know Before You Start Learning Modes
The title probably says it all... make sure you know all this stuff before you embark on the course!
SC-503 • Diatonic Chord Sequences
The first and most important step in beginning your journey. I hope you understand this before you get going but this lesson should serve as revision and maybe add in a few things that you didn't know.
SC-504 • Why Use Modes?
In this lesson I explain why we need modes and give you some examples to try out so you can HEAR why it is that we need to understand modes.
SC-505 • Modes In Series
A series of modes all come from the same major scale and understanding this is the first step in understanding how we use modes. It's also important to get familiar with the order of the modes too.
SC-506 • Modes In Parallel
Now we're going to look at all the modes that have the Tonal Centre of C. Requires a bit of counting and making sure you are confident with your tones and semitones.
SC-507 • Calculating Parent Major Scales
Now that we have looked at the modes in series and parallel, I'm going to show you some super short cuts so that you can work out the Parent Major Scale of any mode in a few seconds!
SC-508 • Comparing Modes
Now you can calculate them we start to look at them in more detail and compare them side by side and look at how and why they are different and how that effects using them.
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SC-510 • How To Practice Modes
The following series of lessons are going to go through all the modes one at a time and give you some tips on using each one. But it helps to have a little routine that you can use to get the sound of the modes in your head.
SC-511 • The Ionian Mode
In this series we explore each mode, looking at each note and how it is used! We're starting here with Ionian, essentially the same thing as The Major Scale, but we check it out anyway...
SC-512 • The Dorian Mode
My personal fave, a very easy to use mode is our Dorian. Mixed in with some blues licks and you have a very nice pallet indeed :) Plus there are some links to some licks found in the blues course...
SC-513 • The Phrygian Mode
Bit of an odd one this, sounds kinda Spanish, but not a very commonly used mode. Quite a few notes to treat with caution, so you have to spend some time with this one to get it sounding good.
SC-514 • The Lydian Mode
Lydian rocks, it's a cool sound, the sharp 4 just has a real nice tension about it. Some people believe our whole music system should have been based on this sound rather than the major scale...
SC-515 • The Mixolydian Mode
Probably the second most used mode, very cool in blues and jazz, really outlines Dominant 7th chords great. Only one note different from the Major Scale (and one note different to the Dorian too!), this one is one to give a lot of time to, you will use it lots!
SC-516 • The Aeolian Mode
The natural or "Pure Minor", but it's not as commonly used as you might think, especially in pop, rock and jazz, it's the Dorian that is played most often. Santana uses the Aeolian lots, and it can sound awesome.
SC-517 • The Locrian Mode
Well last and least... this scale is hard to use and only used over min7b5 chords, so only in jazz, and usually by the time you get to be using this, you'll be using mode of the melodic minor (Locrian Nat2) over min7b5 chords anyway... but I couldn't really have just left it out altogether now could I? Or could I? ;)