Modes With Mode Dictionary

Learn about modes, how to use them, and where to use them. Dictionary of all modes included. All 12 notes with all 7 modes.

Modes With Mode Dictionary
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If you find memorizing steps was too difficult, this is the lesson for you! Modes are not put together with steps, but by altering the major scale. The entire point of modes are to change scales to suit your needs.

A mode is just an alteration of a major scale. Once you know your major scales, you can begin to learn modes. Good knowledge of you fretboard and basic intervals is a must for modes. I will go through how to make modes, as well as every mode for every note (Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, Gb, G) for easy refference.


Ionian - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1

Dorian - 1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7 1

Phrygian - 1 b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 1

Lydian - 1 2 3 #4 5 6 7 1

Mixolydian - 1 2 3 4 5 6 b7 1

Aeolian - 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 1

Locrian - 1 b2 b3 4 b5 b6 b7 1

Ionian

Ionian mode is just the name for the major scale. It has no alterations made to it. Play this mode over Major chords, Maj7, Maj6

Dorian

Dorian mode has a flattened third and seventh (b3 and b7) making it ideal for m7 chords. You can also use Dorian mode for m6 chords. Dorian mode is often used in jazz styles.

Phrygian

Phrygian mode has a lowered second, third, sixth, and seventh. Phrygian has a Spanish feel to it so you can Play it over spanish progressions or heavy metal/rock riffs with a b2.

Lydian

Lydian mode's only alteration is a raised fourth (#4) making it very close to the major scale. The #4 makes it a good chord to use for Maj7#11 chords, but can also be used over maj7 chords.

Mixolydian

The only alteration in Mixolydian mode is the lowered seventh (b7). This makes it perfect for dominant 7th chords. This mode can be used in blues, jazz or even country.

Aeolian

Aeolian mode, a.k.a. the minor scale has a b3, b6 and b7. (All minor scales have a b3). Aeolian mode works over minor chords, and can be used as a substitute for Dorian mode, by using it over m7 chords.

Locrian

Locrian mode has a b2, b3, b5, b6 and b7. Locrain mode is very dark sounding. It fits a m7b5 chord perfectly.

Mode Dictionary

To find the mode you want press Ctrl+F, then type thenote, and mode. (ex. C Ionian). Each entry has the name of the mode, the notes that are found in it, and the TAB for it.
Legend.
#= sharp
b= flat
bb= double flat

Ab Ionian (Ab Bb C Db Eb F G Ab):
|-----------------------------4----|
|-------------------------6-8------|
|-------------------5-6-8----------|
|-------------5-6-8----------------|
|-------4-6-8----------------------|
|-4-6-8----------------------------|

Ab Dorian (Ab Bb Cb Db Eb F Gb Ab):
|-----------------------------4----|
|-------------------------6-7------|
|-------------------4-6-8----------|
|-------------4-6-8----------------|
|-------4-6-8----------------------|
|-4-6-7----------------------------|

Ab Phrygian (Ab Bbb Cb Db Eb Fb Gb Ab):
|-----------------------------4----|
|-------------------------5-7------|
|-------------------4-6-8----------|
|-------------4-6-7----------------|
|-------4-6-7----------------------|
|-4-5-7----------------------------|

Ab Lydian (Ab Bb C D Eb F G Ab):
|-------------------------------4--|
|-------------------------5-7-8----|
|-------------------5-7-8----------|
|-------------5-6-8----------------|
|-------5-6-8----------------------|
|-4-6-8----------------------------|

Ab Mixolydian (Ab Bb C Db Eb F Gb Ab):
|-----------------------------4----|
|-------------------------6-7------|
|-------------------5-6-8----------|
|-------------4-6-8----------------|
|-------4-6-8----------------------|
|-4-6-8----------------------------|

Ab Aeloian (Ab Bb Cb Db Eb Fb Gb Ab):
|-----------------------------4----|
|-----------------------4-5-7------|
|-------------------4-6------------|
|-------------4-6-8----------------|
|-------4-6-7----------------------|
|-4-6-7----------------------------|

Ab Locrian (Ab Bbb Cb Db Ebb Fb Gb Ab):
|-----------------------------4----|
|-------------------------5-7------|
|-------------------4-6-7----------|
|-------------4-6-7----------------|
|-------4-5-7----------------------|
|-4-5-7----------------------------|

___________________________________

A Ionian (A B C# D E F# G# A):
|-----------------------------5----|
|-------------------------7-9------|
|-------------------6-7-9----------|
|-------------6-7-9----------------|
|-------5-7-9----------------------|
|-5-7-9----------------------------|

A Dorian (A B C D E F# G A):
|------------------------------5---|
|--------------------------7-8-----|
|--------------------5-7-9---------|
|-------------5-7--9---------------|
|-------5-7-9----------------------|
|-5-7-8----------------------------|

A Phrygian (A Bb C D E F G A):
|-----------------------------5----|
|-------------------------6-8------|
|-------------------5-7-9----------|
|-------------5-7-8----------------|
|-------5-7-8----------------------|
|-5-6-8----------------------------|

A Lydian (A B C# D# E F# G# A):
|-----------------------------5----|
|-------------------------7-9------|
|-------------------6-8-9----------|
|-------------6-7-9----------------|
|-------6-7-9----------------------|
|-5-7-9----------------------------|

A Mixolydian (A B C# D E F# G A):
|-----------------------------5----|
|-------------------------7-8------|
|-------------------6-7-9----------|
|-------------5-7-9----------------|
|-------5-7-9----------------------|
|-5-7-9----------------------------|

A Aeolian (A B C D E F G A):
|-----------------------------5----|
|-------------------------6-8------|
|-------------------5-7-9----------|
|-------------5-7-9----------------|
|-------5-7-8----------------------|
|-5-7-8----------------------------|

A Locrian (A Bb C D Eb F G A):
|-----------------------------5----|
|-------------------------6-8------|
|-------------------5-7-8----------|
|-------------5-7-8----------------|
|-------5-6-8----------------------|
|-5-6-8----------------------------|

Bb Ionian (Bb C D Eb F G A Bb):
|----------------------------------6-|
|-----------------------------8-10---|
|----------------------7-8-10--------|
|---------------7-8-10---------------|
|--------6-8-10----------------------|
|-6-8-10-----------------------------|

Bb Dorian (Bb C Db Eb F G Ab Bb):
|---------------------------------6--|
|-----------------------------8-9----|
|----------------------6-8-10--------|
|--------------6-8--10---------------|
|-------6-8-10-----------------------|
|-6-8-9------------------------------|

Bb Phrygian (Bb Cb Db Eb F Gb Ab Bb):
|-------------------------------6----|
|---------------------------7-9------|
|--------------------6-8-10----------|
|-------------6--8-9-----------------|
|-------6-8-9------------------------|
|-6-7-9------------------------------|

Bb Lydian (Bb C D E F G A Bb):
|----------------------------------6-|
|-----------------------------8-10---|
|----------------------7-9-10--------|
|---------------7-8-10---------------|
|--------7-8-10----------------------|
|-6-8-10-----------------------------|

Bb Mixolydian (Bb C D Eb F G Ab Bb):
|---------------------------------6--|
|-----------------------------8-9----|
|----------------------7-8-10--------|
|---------------6-8-10---------------|
|--------6-8-10----------------------|
|-6-8-10-----------------------------|

Bb Aeolian (Bb C Db Eb F Gb Ab Bb):
|-------------------------------6----|
|---------------------------7-9------|
|--------------------6-8-10----------|
|-------------6-8-10-----------------|
|-------6-8-9------------------------|
|-6-8-9------------------------------|

Bb Locrian (Bb Cb Db Eb Fb Gb Ab Bb):
|-----------------------------6------|
|-------------------------7-9--------|
|-------------------6-8-9------------|
|-------------6-8-9------------------|
|-------6-7-9------------------------|
|-6-7-9------------------------------|

B Ionian (B C# D# E F# G# A# B):
|----------------------------------7----|
|-----------------------------9-11------|
|----------------------8-9-11-----------|
|---------------8-9-11------------------|
|--------7-9-11-------------------------|
|-7-9-11--------------------------------|

B Dorian (B C# D E F# G# A B):
|-----------------------------------7---|
|------------------------------9-10-----|
|-----------------------7-9-11----------|
|---------------7-9--11-----------------|
|--------7-9-11-------------------------|
|-7-9-10--------------------------------|

B Phrygian (B C D E F# G A B):
|-----------------------------------7---|
|------------------------------8-10-----|
|-----------------------7-9-11----------|
|---------------7--9-10-----------------|
|--------7-9-10-------------------------|
|-7-8-10--------------------------------|

B Lydian (B C# D# E# F# G# A# B):
|-----------------------------------7---|
|------------------------------9-11-----|
|----------------------8-10-11----------|
|---------------8-9-11------------------|
|--------8-9-11-------------------------|
|-7-9-11--------------------------------|

B Mixolydian (B C# D# E F# G# A B):
|----------------------------------7----|
|-----------------------------9-10------|
|----------------------8-9-11-----------|
|---------------7-9-11------------------|
|--------7-9-11-------------------------|
|-7-9-11--------------------------------|

B Aeolian (B C# D E F# G A B):
|----------------------------------7----|
|-----------------------------8-10------|
|----------------------7-9-11-----------|
|---------------7-9-11------------------|
|--------7-9-10-------------------------|
|-7-9-10--------------------------------|

B Locrian (B C D E F G A B):
|----------------------------------7----|
|-----------------------------8-10------|
|----------------------7-9-10-----------|
|---------------7-9-10------------------|
|--------7-8-10-------------------------|
|-7-8-10--------------------------------|

C Ionian (C D E F G A B C):
|---------------------------------------8--|
|---------------------------------10-12----|
|-------------------------9-10-12----------|
|-----------------9-10-12------------------|
|---------8-10-12--------------------------|
|-8-10-12----------------------------------|

C Dorian (C D Eb F G A Bb C):
|----------------------------------------8-|
|----------------------------------10-11---|
|--------------------------8-10-12---------|
|-----------------8-10--12-----------------|
|---------8-10-12--------------------------|
|-8-10-11----------------------------------|

C Phrygian (C Db Eb F G Ab Bb C):
|--------------------------------------8---|
|---------------------------------9-11-----|
|-------------------------8-10-12----------|
|----------------8--10-11------------------|
|--------8-10-11---------------------------|
|-8-9-11-----------------------------------|

C Lydian (C D E F# G A B C):
|---------------------------------------8--|
|---------------------------------10-12----|
|-------------------------9-11-12----------|
|-----------------9-10-12------------------|
|---------9-10-12--------------------------|
|-8-10-12----------------------------------|

C Mixolydian (C D E F G A Bb C):
|---------------------------------------8--|
|---------------------------------10-11----|
|-------------------------9-10-12----------|
|-----------------8-10-12------------------|
|---------8-10-12--------------------------|
|-8-10-12----------------------------------|

C Aeolian (C D Eb F G Ab Bb C):
|--------------------------------------8---|
|---------------------------------9-11-----|
|-------------------------8-10-12----------|
|-----------------8-10-12------------------|
|---------8-10-11--------------------------|
|-8-10-11----------------------------------|

C Locrian (C Db Eb F Gb Ab Bb C):
|------------------------------------8-----|
|-------------------------------9-11-------|
|-----------------------8-10-11------------|
|---------------8-10-11--------------------|
|--------8-9-11----------------------------|
|-8-9-11-----------------------------------|

Db Ionian (Db Eb F Gb Ab Bb C Db):
|-----------------------------------------9--|
|-----------------------------------11-13----|
|--------------------------10-11-13----------|
|-----------------10-11-13-------------------|
|---------9-11-13----------------------------|
|-9-11-13------------------------------------|

Db Dorian (Db Eb Fb Gb Ab Bb Cb Db):
|----------------------------------------9---|
|----------------------------------11-12-----|
|--------------------------9-11-13-----------|
|-----------------9-11--13-------------------|
|---------9-11-13----------------------------|
|-9-11-12------------------------------------|

Db Phrygian (Db Ebb Fb Gb Ab Bbb Cb Db):
|----------------------------------------9---|
|----------------------------------10-12-----|
|--------------------------9-11-13-----------|
|-----------------9--11-12-------------------|
|---------9-11-12----------------------------|
|-9-10-12------------------------------------|

Db Lydian (Db Eb F G Ab Bb C Db):
|------------------------------------------9-|
|------------------------------------11-13---|
|---------------------------10-12-13---------|
|------------------10-11-13------------------|
|---------10-11-13---------------------------|
|-9-11-13------------------------------------|

Db Mixolydian (Db Eb F Gb Ab Bb Cb Db):
|----------------------------------------9---|
|----------------------------------11-12-----|
|-------------------------10-11-13-----------|
|-----------------9-11-13--------------------|
|---------9-11-13----------------------------|
|-9-11-13------------------------------------|

Db Aeolian (Db Eb Fb Gb Ab Bbb Cb Db):
|---------------------------------------9----|
|---------------------------------10-12------|
|-------------------------9-11-13------------|
|-----------------9-11-13--------------------|
|---------9-11-12----------------------------|
|-9-11-12------------------------------------|

Db Locrian (Db Ebb Fb Gb Abb Bbb Cb Db):
|---------------------------------------9----|
|---------------------------------10-12------|
|-------------------------9-11-12------------|
|-----------------9-11-12--------------------|
|---------9-10-12----------------------------|
|-9-10-12------------------------------------|

D Ionian (D E F# G A B C# D):
|-------------------------------------------10----|
|-------------------------------------12-14-------|
|----------------------------11-12-14-------------|
|-------------------11-12-14----------------------|
|----------10-12-14-------------------------------|
|-10-12-14----------------------------------------|

D Dorian (D E F G A B C D):
|--------------------------------------------10---|
|--------------------------------------12-13------|
|-----------------------------10-12-14------------|
|-------------------10-12--14---------------------|
|----------10-12-14-------------------------------|
|-10-12-13----------------------------------------|

D Phrygian (D Eb F G A Bb C D):
|--------------------------------------------10---|
|--------------------------------------11-13------|
|-----------------------------10-12-14------------|
|-------------------10--12-13---------------------|
|----------10-12-13-------------------------------|
|-10-11-13----------------------------------------|

D Lydian (D E F# G# A B C# D):
|-------------------------------------------10----|
|-------------------------------------12-14-------|
|----------------------------11-13-14-------------|
|-------------------11-12-14----------------------|
|----------11-12-14-------------------------------|
|-10-12-14----------------------------------------|

D Mixolydian (D E F# G A B C D):
|-------------------------------------------10----|
|-------------------------------------12-13-------|
|----------------------------11-12-14-------------|
|-------------------10-12-14----------------------|
|----------10-12-14-------------------------------|
|-10-12-14----------------------------------------|

D Aeolian (D E F G A Bb C D):
|-------------------------------------------10----|
|-------------------------------------11-13-------|
|----------------------------10-12-14-------------|
|-------------------10-12-14----------------------|
|----------10-12-13-------------------------------|
|-10-12-13----------------------------------------|

D Locrian (D Eb F G Ab Bb C D):
|-------------------------------------------10----|
|-------------------------------------11-13-------|
|----------------------------10-12-13-------------|
|-------------------10-12-13----------------------|
|----------10-11-13-------------------------------|
|-10-11-13----------------------------------------|

Eb Ionian (Eb F G Ab Bb C D Eb):
|-------------------------------------------11----|
|-------------------------------------13-15-------|
|----------------------------12-13-15-------------|
|-------------------12-13-15----------------------|
|----------11-13-15-------------------------------|
|-11-13-15----------------------------------------|

Eb Dorian (Eb F Gb Ab Bb C Db Eb):
|--------------------------------------------11---|
|--------------------------------------13-14------|
|-----------------------------11-13-15------------|
|-------------------11-13--15---------------------|
|----------11-13-15-------------------------------|
|-11-13-14----------------------------------------|

Eb Phrygian (Eb Fb Gb Ab Bb Cb Db Eb):
|--------------------------------------------11---|
|--------------------------------------12-14------|
|-----------------------------11-13-15------------|
|-------------------11--13-14---------------------|
|----------11-13-14-------------------------------|
|-11-12-14----------------------------------------|

Eb Lydian (Eb F G A Bb C D Eb):
|-------------------------------------------11----|
|-------------------------------------13-15-------|
|----------------------------12-14-15-------------|
|-------------------12-13-15----------------------|
|----------12-13-15-------------------------------|
|-11-13-15----------------------------------------|

Eb Mixolydian (Eb F G Ab Bb C Db Eb):
|-------------------------------------------11----|
|-------------------------------------13-14-------|
|----------------------------12-13-15-------------|
|-------------------11-13-15----------------------|
|----------11-13-15-------------------------------|
|-11-13-15----------------------------------------|

Eb Aeolian (Eb F Gb Ab Bb Cb Db Eb):
|-------------------------------------------11----|
|-------------------------------------12-14-------|
|----------------------------11-13-15-------------|
|-------------------11-13-15----------------------|
|----------11-13-14-------------------------------|
|-11-13-14----------------------------------------|

Eb Locrian (Eb Fb Gb Ab Bbb Cb Db Eb):
|-------------------------------------------11----|
|-------------------------------------12-14-------|
|----------------------------11-13-14-------------|
|-------------------11-13-14----------------------|
|----------11-12-14-------------------------------|
|-11-12-14----------------------------------------|

(These modes can alteritively play 12 frets (1 Octave up the fretboard)


E Ionaian (E F# G# A B C# D# E):
|-----------------------------0----|
|-------------------------2-4------|
|-------------------1-2-4----------|
|-------------1-2-4----------------|
|-------0-2-4----------------------|
|-0-2-4----------------------------|

E Dorian (E F# G A B C# D E):
|------------------------------0---|
|--------------------------2-3-----|
|--------------------0-2-4---------|
|-------------0-2--4---------------|
|-------0-2-4----------------------|
|-0-2-3----------------------------|

E Phrygian (E F G A B C D E):
|------------------------------0---|
|--------------------------1-3-----|
|--------------------0-2-4---------|
|-------------0--2-3---------------|
|-------0-2-3----------------------|
|-0-1-3----------------------------|

E Lydian (E F# G# A# B C# D# E):
|-----------------------------0----|
|-------------------------2-4------|
|-------------------1-3-4----------|
|-------------1-2-4----------------|
|-------1-2-4----------------------|
|-0-2-4----------------------------|

E Mixolydian (E F# G# A B C# D E):
|-----------------------------0----|
|-------------------------2-3------|
|-------------------1-2-4----------|
|-------------0-2-4----------------|
|-------0-2-4----------------------|
|-0-2-4----------------------------|

E Aeolian (E F# G A B C D E):
|-----------------------------0----|
|-------------------------1-3------|
|-------------------0-2-4----------|
|-------------0-2-4----------------|
|-------0-2-3----------------------|
|-0-2-3----------------------------|

E Locrian (E F G A Bb C D E):
|-----------------------------0----|
|-------------------------1-3------|
|-------------------0-2-3----------|
|-------------0-2-3----------------|
|-------0-1-3----------------------|
|-0-1-3----------------------------|

(These modes can alteritively play 12 frets (1 Octave up the fretboard)


F Ionian (F G A Bb C D E F):
|-----------------------------1----|
|-------------------------3-5------|
|-------------------2-3-5----------|
|-------------2-3-5----------------|
|-------1-3-5----------------------|
|-1-3-5----------------------------|

F Dorian (F G Ab Bb C D Eb F):
|------------------------------1---|
|--------------------------3-4-----|
|--------------------1-3-5---------|
|-------------1-3--5---------------|
|-------1-3-5----------------------|
|-1-3-4----------------------------|

F Phrygian (F Gb Ab Bb C Db Eb F):
|------------------------------1---|
|--------------------------2-4-----|
|--------------------1-3-5---------|
|-------------1--3-4---------------|
|-------1-3-4----------------------|
|-1-2-4----------------------------|

F Lydian (F G A B C D E F):
|-----------------------------1----|
|-------------------------3-5------|
|-------------------2-4-5----------|
|-------------2-3-5----------------|
|-------2-3-5----------------------|
|-1-3-5----------------------------|

F Mixolydian (F G A Bb C D Eb F):
|-----------------------------1----|
|-------------------------3-4------|
|-------------------2-3-5----------|
|-------------1-3-5----------------|
|-------1-3-5----------------------|
|-1-3-5----------------------------|

F Aeolian (F G Ab Bb C Db Eb F):
|-----------------------------1----|
|-------------------------2-4------|
|-------------------1-3-5----------|
|-------------1-3-5----------------|
|-------1-3-4----------------------|
|-1-3-4----------------------------|

F Locrian (F Gb Ab Bb Cb Db Eb F):
|-----------------------------1----|
|-------------------------2-4------|
|-------------------1-3-4----------|
|-------------1-3-4----------------|
|-------1-2-4----------------------|
|-1-2-4----------------------------|

(These modes can alteritively play 12 frets (1 Octave up the fretboard)


Gb Ionian (Gb Ab Bb Cb Db Eb F Gb):
|-----------------------------2----|
|-------------------------4-6------|
|-------------------3-4-6----------|
|-------------3-4-6----------------|
|-------2-4-6----------------------|
|-2-4-6----------------------------|

Gb Dorian (Gb Ab Bbb Cb Db Eb Fb Gb):
|-----------------------------2----|
|-------------------------4-5------|
|-------------------2-4-6----------|
|-------------2-4-6----------------|
|-------2-4-6----------------------|
|-2-4-5----------------------------|

Gb Phrygian (Gb Abb Bbb Cb Db Ebb Fb Gb):
|-----------------------------2----|
|-------------------------3-5------|
|-------------------2-4-6----------|
|-------------2-4-5----------------|
|-------2-4-5----------------------|
|-2-3-5----------------------------|

Gb Lydian (Gb Ab Bb C Db Eb F Gb):
|-----------------------------2----|
|-------------------------4-6------|
|-------------------3-5-6----------|
|-------------3-4-6----------------|
|-------3-4-6----------------------|
|-2-4-6----------------------------|

Gb Mixolydian (Gb Ab Bb Cb Db Eb Fb Gb):
|-----------------------------2----|
|-------------------------4-5------|
|-------------------3-4-6----------|
|-------------2-4-6----------------|
|-------2-4-6----------------------|
|-2-4-6----------------------------|

Gb Aeolian (Gb Ab Bbb Cb Db Ebb Fb Gb):
|-----------------------------2----|
|-------------------------3-5------|
|-------------------2-4-6----------|
|-------------2-4-6----------------|
|-------2-4-5----------------------|
|-2-4-5----------------------------|

Gb Locrian (Gb Abb Bbb Cb Dbb Ebb Fb Gb):
|-----------------------------2----|
|-------------------------3-5------|
|-------------------2-4-5----------|
|-------------2-4-5----------------|
|-------2-3-5----------------------|
|-2-3-5----------------------------|

(These modes can alteritively play 12 frets (1 Octave up the fretboard)


G Ionian (G A B C D E F# G):
|-----------------------------3----|
|-------------------------5-7------|
|-------------------4-5-7----------|
|-------------4-5-7----------------|
|-------3-5-7----------------------|
|-3-5-7----------------------------|

G Dorian (G A Bb C D E F G):
|------------------------------3---|
|--------------------------5-6-----|
|--------------------3-5-7---------|
|-------------3-5--7---------------|
|-------3-5-7----------------------|
|-3-5-6----------------------------|

G Phrygian (G Ab Bb C D Eb F G):
|------------------------------3---|
|--------------------------4-6-----|
|--------------------3-5-7---------|
|-------------3--5-6---------------|
|-------3-5-6----------------------|
|-3-4-6----------------------------|

G Lydian (G A B C# D E F# G):
|-----------------------------3----|
|-------------------------5-7------|
|-------------------4-6-7----------|
|-------------4-5-7----------------|
|-------4-5-7----------------------|
|-3-5-7----------------------------|

G Mixolydian (G A B C D E F G):
|-----------------------------3----|
|-------------------------5-6------|
|-------------------4-5-7----------|
|-------------3-5-7----------------|
|-------3-5-7----------------------|
|-3-5-7----------------------------|

G Aeolian (G A Bb C D Eb F G):
|-----------------------------3----|
|-------------------------4-6------|
|-------------------3-5-7----------|
|-------------3-5-7----------------|
|-------3-5-6----------------------|
|-3-5-6----------------------------|

G Locrian (G Ab Bb C Db Eb F G):
|-----------------------------3----|
|-------------------------4-6------|
|-------------------3-5-6----------|
|-------------3-5-6----------------|
|-------3-4-6----------------------|
|-3-4-6----------------------------|

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    InsomniaRocks
    This is a good lesson, but I think its critically important that you dont onnly understand how you form the modes in terms of intervals (like flatting the seventh to make a mixlodian). What you explain is definately neccessary to know, but I think that its also extremely beneficial, especially for beginners, to understand how modes come out of parent major scales: -the notes of any major scale can be played in 7 different orders to get you the 7 modes explained in this lesson. Take C major (CDEFGABC) for example. If you play these notes of the C major scale starting on the root of the scale, C, and ending on C, that gives you, obviously, the C ionian or C major scale. Now, if you play these notes starting on the second of the scale, D, so DEFGABCD, this gives you the D dorian mode. If you play the notes starting on the third of the scale, E, so EFGABCDE, you get E phrygian. And this goes on in the same manner so that if you play the notes of the C major scale starting from each of the 7 degrees of the scale, you get a different mode. So for the C major scale, you can form the modes as follows: if you start from: You Get: root- C ionian (major scale) major second- D dorian major third- E phrygian perfect fourth- F lydian (FGABCDEF) perfect fifth G mixolodian (GABCDEFG) major sixth A aeolian (ABCDEFGA) major seventh B locrian (BCDEFGAB) This is true for any major scale: if you want to form a locrian mode, play the notes of that major scale starting and ending on the major seventh. If you want to form a lydian mode, play the notes of the major scale starting and ending on the fourth. Memorize that the dorian corresponds to the second degree of the scale, phrygian to the third, lydian to the fourth, mixolodian to the fifth, aeolian to the sixth, and locrian to the seventh. After doing this it will become really easy to form each mode, because you don't have to think about what intervals are being flatted or raised. All you need to know to figure out what F dorian is, for example, is figure out which scale has F as its major second, so Eb major (Eb F G Ab Bb C D Eb) and then play those notes starting and ending on F.
    loserboyjay
    This lesson is written showing the modes as separate scales, which they are of course, all in Ab. Wouldn't it be easier to show, for example Ab major, and just change the root note and keep the same shape? It just seems like that would be easier than memorizing six new shapes, or does this method have some type of fault? Wouldn't you get the same result in the end?
    t3l3caster
    cor thats a really thorough explanation of the modes, really handy. Thanks for that. Wicked Cool
    minichibi
    DrG-Luke wrote: ei guyz can you suggest a site that has flamenco tutorials ? Slash you said phyrigian can be use in spanish progression and i wanna know more about it. Im composing a song and i want my intro to be like in desperado or sumthin like that and ill go hard afterwards. Any comments and suggestion would be great.. thanks
    Theres this old spanish looking guy on youtube and he has like 10 flamenco lessons. To be honest ive never looked at em, but I remember being a noob n looking at guitar lessons and running into em. not that I'm not a noob.
    rik23
    surlely a good way of doibg it is learnin the major scale all over the neck and then just remember the alterations, then practice, practice, practice.....a reckon a good ear helps!
    Mr.Goobles
    this is crazy good. can't believe you took the time to write out all those scales. great lesson.
    nastynick15
    ive just learned all the major scales. but in a sentence.. what are modes and why should i learn them?? are they some sort of link between major scales?
    Discouraged
    steveo57 wrote: im not sure i agree with A [aeolian] in your example; it was explained to me that A aeolian would be the 6th degree of the major scale A,this would mean it would have to have an F# in it,you arent showing this in the above formula for A aeolian,if im wrong i apologize,someone please help me im confused over some of this
    F# is in E Aeolian. If Im not mistaken. Or G# Ionian. Whichever you prefer. A is the relative minor to C major, and so it has no sharps or flats. Just a minor error on your part, thats all. Hope it helped.
    Drumminz
    Ok so now we all wat the various modes are and how they sound like But can someone then advise on its actual application in a actual song with varying chord changes? Meaning, say if u are playing a given song in the key of 'C', does it mean that we can play a dorian solo throughout the song, or, only a dorian when the chord of the song is in 'D'?
    Sk8trpunk977
    This is a quality piece of work. Might wanna show how the scales relate to others on the fretboard, but this is one great lesson for learning the modes of scales. Very nicely done.
    steveo57
    im not sure i agree with A [aeolian] in your example; it was explained to me that A aeolian would be the 6th degree of the major scale A,this would mean it would have to have an F# in it,you arent showing this in the above formula for A aeolian,if im wrong i apologize,someone please help me im confused over some of this
    sully111
    is it possible to have the hole mode scale together, Ab mixolydian next too A, then Bb and so on?
    Axilla
    dude thanx for this lesson,....the other day i was talking with some friends and didnt know what the hell a mode was .....but now it all makes sense....thnx
    matx33
    thank you, just having these formulas (and now that it finally clicked and i got them,) is making things easier.
    damm_punks
    really good lesson just all the wierd words like mixolydian and that are confusin but ah well cool lesson though im deff gonna learn some of this
    brokenanthem
    Nice lesson.....and it'd be a good idea to study this page with the circle of fifths.
    baker-skater666
    ohh man this is awesome just what ive been looking for. One lesson that has it all in one, perfect.
    Fender1424
    Wow. This is great. I've been looking at lessons for modes for weeks, and this is by far the best and most understandable one. Hatf off. I can tell that a lot of time was put into this.
    zorbozate
    THANX!!!you really did an exellent job, there,s alot of work you did ....LOVE OF LABOUR
    Kortez3000
    This is like the ultimate practice to me. I just like to know all the patterns and such.
    nainatugal
    so every ionian shape in every root is the same? If i use the ionian shape in C i can also apply that in F? Wow so its this easy.. haha.. all i have to do is memorize all the 7 shapes and i'll be able to apply it in every key i choose to start in..
    Smithsc
    Very nice man! I still don't understand the whole mode thing, but I can see where this will be very useful to me when I do!
    madcowman19
    This is so amazing. Thank you. It helped a lot learning where these numbers come from and how to build the modes by one's self.
    thadeusgod
    this must have taken forever to type i thank you from the bottom of my heart may the guitar gods come down from mount shred and touch and give you a guitar god soul so you may shred with them.
    Corijn
    Thx! Gonna take this lesson with my on vacation! Can't play my guitar so I'm gonna study my scales!
    fagelamusgtr
    Dude, i was trying to figure out modes for a while. For some reason ur leason just made everything click. Good leason. Thanks sooo much!!!
    Jawshuwa
    negativcreep187 wrote: yu know that there's no Cb or Fb right?
    Using enharmonics, yes, there is. - - - - - Regardless, I was looking for this a long time ago, 'til I learned the intervals on a different lesson. I'm sure it will help an awful lot of people, though.
    kaliforniaxc26
    I completely understand modes now! I tried learning from guitar world, but that was confusing. thanks much!
    Fusanti_RHCP
    thank you...so so much. I learned this stuff in my theory class today and i was thinking i should just write it all out you saved me the time. PM me if you want an e-cookie
    albooga
    Thanks for this explanation. Helped me a lot to understand modes better.