Movable Major Modal Box Shapes

author: MetalNova date: 04/12/2011 category: scales
rating: 7.5 / votes: 19 
Hey you crazy guitar fanatic people this is my first lesson so please bear with me. So in this lesson I'm going to give you just the simple box shapes I use for the modes of the major scale. These are just the shapes I use so they're not written in stone (Like most things in music) so you may see other people going, No man this is the way you play it and they show you a totally different thing. I use these because they're comfortable for me, but try stick to one persons version of them or you'll get confused. Cool beans. So for this lesson I'm going to be in the key of G Major so as I hope you know there is an F# (G-A-B-C-D-E-F#-[G]), nothing else. G Ionian/Major Scale 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
e |-|-|o|-|o|o|-|
B |-|-|o|-|o|o|-|
G |-|o|o|-|o|-|-|
D |-|o|o|-|o|-|-|
A |o|-|o|-|o|-|-|
E |o|-|o|-|o|-|-|
       
e|-------------------------------5-7-8-|
B|-------------------------5-7-8-------|
G|-------------------4-5-7-------------|
D|-------------4-5-7-------------------|
A|-------3-5-7-------------------------|
E|-3-5-7-------------------------------|
 
 
A Dorian 1-2-b3-4-5-6-b7
 
e |-|-|o|o|-|o|-|
B |-|-|o|o|-|o|-|
G |o|-|o|-|o|-|-|
D |o|-|o|-|o|-|-|
A |o|-|o|-|o|-|-|
E |o|-|o|o|-|-|-|
 
e|--------------------------------7-8-10-|
B|-------------------------7-8-10--------|
G|-------------------5-7-9---------------|
D|-------------5-7-9---------------------|
A|-------5-7-9---------------------------|
E|-5-7-8---------------------------------|
  
B Phrygian 1-b2-b3-4-5-b6-b7
 
e |-|o|-|o|-|o|-|
B |-|o|-|o|-|o|-|
G |o|-|o|-|o|-|-|
D |o|-|o|o|-|-|-|
A |o|-|o|o|-|-|-|
E |o|o|-|o|-|-|-|
 
e|-------------------------------------8-10-12-|
B|-----------------------------8-10-12---------|
G|----------------------7-9-11-----------------|
D|---------------7-9-10------------------------|
A|--------7-9-10-------------------------------|
E|-7-8-10--------------------------------------|
 
 
C Lydian 1-2-3-#4-5-6-7
 
e |-|-|o|-|o|-|o|
B |-|-|o|-|o|o|-|
G |-|o|-|o|p|-|-|
D |-|o|o|-|o|-|-|
A |-|o|o|-|o|-|-|
E |o|-|o|-|o|-|-|
 
e|------------------------------------------10-12-14-|
B|---------------------------------10-12-13----------|
G|-------------------------9-11-12-------------------|
D|-----------------9-10-12---------------------------|
A|---------9-10-12-----------------------------------|
E|-8-10-12-------------------------------------------|
 
 
D Mixolydian 1-2-3-4-5-6-b7
 
e |-|-|o|-|o|o|-|
B |-|-|o|o|-|o|-|
G |-|o|o|-|o|-|-|
D |o|-|o|-|o|-|-|
A |o|-|o|-|o|-|-|
E |o|-|o|-|o|-|-|
 
e|----------------------------------------------12-14-15-|
B|-------------------------------------12-13-12----------|
G|----------------------------11-12-14-------------------|
D|-------------------10-12-14----------------------------|
A|----------10-12-14-------------------------------------|
E|-10-12-14----------------------------------------------|
 
  
E Aeolian/Minor 1-2-b3-4-5-b6-b7
 
e |-|o|-|o|o|-|-|
B |-|o|o|-|o|-|-|
G |o|o|-|o|-|-|-|
D |-|o|-|o|-|-|-|
A |-|o|-|o|o|-|-|
E |-|o|-|o|o|-|-|
 
e|-------------------------------------------12-14-15-|
B|----------------------------------12-13-15----------|
G|-------------------------11-12-14-------------------|
D|-------------------12-14----------------------------|
A|----------12-14-15----------------------------------|
E|-12-14-15-------------------------------------------|
 
 
F# Locrian 1-b2-b3-4-b5-b6-b7
 
e |o|o|-|o|-|-|-|
B |-|o|-|o|-|-|-|
G |o|-|o|o|-|-|-|
D |o|-|o|o|-|-|-|
A |o|o|-|o|-|-|-|
E |o|o|-|o|-|-|-|
 
e|-------------------------------------------14-15-17-|
B|-------------------------------------15-17----------|
G|----------------------------14-16-17----------------|
D|-------------------14-16-17-------------------------|
A|----------14-15-17----------------------------------|
E|-14-15-17-------------------------------------------|
So there you have it you can move these shapes to apply to any key and they all fit together as you see. I don't think I made any mistakes but then again it is 12 at night, so my e-mail address: chasevsgodzilla@gmail.com chow amigos! \M/Keep It Metal\M/
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