Guitar Modes Explained (May 2010)

Explained guitar modes. Select a key, C, play the C major scale. Then for each mode, start and finish on each degree of the C major scale. C to C, D to D, E to E, F to F, G to G, A to A, B to B.

Go to the Lesson page, learn how to play the major scale and modes across the entire fretboard in a few minutes.(do not get stuck at this point) Then proceed with the following information.

Play one scale over a selection of 7 chords. This one scale concept is mentioned for explanation purposes only.

You may choose a key and a chord based on one note from the C major scale.
1. Use the C note (key of C), play a C major chord then play the C major scale.
2. Select the D note (key of D), play a D minor chord then play the C major scale.

You can choose which note of the C major scale you would like to start and finish with, the root note of the key that you have selected is important to start with so that you become accustomed to the particular sound of each mode.

3. Select the E note, play an E minor chord then play the C major scale.
4. Select the F note, play an F major chord then play the C major scale.
5. Select the G note, play the G major chord then
play the C major scale.
6. Select the A note, play the A minor chord then play the C major scale.
7. Select the B note, play the B diminished chord then play the C major scale.

Learn the Guitarmodes method to play all modes freely across the fretboard.
Learn the C major scale, D Dorian, E Phrygian, F Lydian, G Myxolidian, A Aeolian, B Lydian with correct fingering, this will also allow you to play fluently and develop your ear for each scale.
Learn how to apply the Guitarmodes method to all scales and their modes.
Then tackle all other lessons with confidence.

26 Oct 2009