2. Guitar Modes Sounds

Guitar modes are utilised to produce different sounds that relate to various styles and genre of music.

Selecting one note from the major scale will provide a starting point for a mode. Play through the major scale until you have reached the same note as your starting note.

Each time you start and finish on a different note selected from the major scale you will notice that you have a different sound. If you play an appropriate chord as backing, changing modes will become more noticible.

A C major chord works fine as a backing chord for the Ionian mode.
A C minor chord works fine as a backing chord for the Dorian mode.
A C minor chord works fine as a backing chord for the Phygian mode.
A C major chord works fine as a backing chord for the Lydian mode.
A C major chord works fine as a backing chord for the Mixolydian mode.
A C minor chord works fine as a backing chord for the Aeolian mode.
A C diminished chord works fine as a backing chord for the Locrian mode.

If you try learning all your scales in the key of C, you will be able to notice the difference in the sounds as you change each mode.

Guitarmodes Lesson page offers a method to learn patterns to allow you to easily play across the entire fretboard. You will notice the difference in sounds immediatly. Please do not spend months trying to learn to play in each mode.

5 Sep 2009