Modes Made Easy! How To Best Learn The Modes On Guitar

By Simon Candy

 

Guitar Modes Explained Article PicIn this video, you learn all about the modes of the major scale on guitar.

Modes are notorious for being complicated and hard to understand, and with all the different approaches and methods out there this is not surprising.

In this lesson, I’ll explain modes to you that will make them easy to understand.

 

What’s important here is that you listen to the sound of each mode as I take you through them.

Trying to intellectualise the modes and focus only on the theory is incomplete and will leave you feeling frustrated and confused.

You will learn each mode of the major scale, and most importantly how they sound.

Watch the video below to have modes explained in the simplest way:

 

 

C Ionian

The following is the C Ionian mode played on the second string of the guitar.

The root note and chord tones have been highlighted:

 

Guitar Modes C Ionian

D Dorian

The following is the D Dorian mode played on the second string of the guitar.

The root note and chord tones have been highlighted:

 

Guitar Modes D Dorian

E Phrygian

The following is the E Phrygian mode played on the second string of the guitar.

The root note and chord tones have been highlighted:

 

Guitar Modes E Phrygian

F Lydian

The following is the F Lydian mode played on the second string of the guitar.

The root note and chord tones have been highlighted:

 

Guitar Modes F Lydian

G Mixolydian

The following is the G Mixolydian mode played on the second string of the guitar.

The root note and chord tones have been highlighted:

 

Guitar Modes G Mixolydian 

A Aeolian

The following is the A Aeolian mode played on the second string of the guitar.

The root note and chord tones have been highlighted:

 

Guitar Modes A Aeolian

B Locrian

The following is the B Locrian mode played on the second string of the guitar.

The root note and chord tones have been highlighted:

 

Guitar Modes B Locrian

 

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