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?Beginner's Guide To Lead Guitar Modes - Lessons

Sep 4, 2008
On the forums, the most discussion able subject is 'Modes'. The frequently asked question is "What is a mode?" and , "What benefit they give?" We'll have a look at both questions in some detail in this article

There are seven modes of the major scale, and they are identified as:

* Ionian
* Dorian
* Phrygian
* Lydian
* Mixolydian
* Aeolian
* Locrian

A variation of a scale is commonly known as a mode. Each scale whether it be major, or lower-ranking, is characterized by a peculiar pattern of tones and semi-tones. For example, according to our old friend the major scale is built from the formula 2 2 1 2 2 2 1, which depicts the gaps between each of the 8 notes.

A mode of a scale is merely a magnetic variation of that certain scale in which the pattern of Tones and Semitones in its formula is altered. For instance, a scale can be built like this: 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 (this in reality imparts us the Dorian Mode). The specific rules for the creation of the modes of a scale'll be discussed later, but the description mentioned above is the essence of what modes are.

What benefit they render?

The modes can be utilized to alter the whole mood of a song just like we employ the higher-ranking and minor scales to produce unique effects within a song. Some modes are very somewhat different to scales we are already familiar with, others are quite strange sounding, but all can be employed to great effect to vary the underlying way a song sounds, simply by using notes from a particular mode to compose your melodic phrase from. A song composed by applying the Phrygian, or Dorian modes will sound very unique. Each mode lends a unique character to the song and has a characteristic feel.

Now, the good news is that you have definitely used a couple of modes already, and there is a very good opportunity that you have employed a couple of others without actually thinking about it. That's the particular thing about musical theory - a good percentage of it is devoted to reporting stuff that you actually experienced already.
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