Magazine article Guitar Player

Fretboard Recipes Modes Pt. 2: Ionian and Lydian Modes

Magazine article Guitar Player

Fretboard Recipes Modes Pt. 2: Ionian and Lydian Modes

Article excerpt

NOW THAT WE'VE FORMULATED THE seven relative (diatonic) and parallel modes, it's time to see what makes them tick. For the next few months, we'll be presenting breakdowns of each mode in order from least to most alterations in their parent major scale formula. Their interval structures are numbered in scale degrees and the formulas are measured in whole- and half-steps. "Home Base" identifies which of the five major-scale fingering patterns begins on--or closest to--the modal tonic, or root. Remember that locating one pattern automatically sets up the entire CAGED template. Finally, the two-chord "Modal Vamp" provides a characteristic harmonic climate for each mode.

We've already covered the Ionian mode, which is the original Greek name for the major scale, but, since it is our point of reference, let's review.

IONIAN MODE

Degrees: Root, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Root Step Formula: 1, 1, 1/2, 1, 1, 1, 1/2

Home Base: Pattern #4

Modal Vamp: F/C - G/C

Play the Ionian Mode (Fig. …

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