Relative Modes

Relative Modes
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Ionian Mode

The Ionian Mode: Deep Dive
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THE IONIAN MODE = also known as the Major scale.
The Ionian Mode is really just a fancy name for the Major scale. For the record, if you are playing a song in G major and you scream out “this one’s in G Ionian!”, you will not look sophisticated or musically intelligent, you will look like a douche-canoe. We mainly use the term Ionian Mode when comparing the Major scale to other modes, because we don’t want to hurt it’s feelings.

 

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Locrian Mode

The Locrian Mode: Deep Dive
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THE LOCRIAN MODE = also known as “that crazy homeless guy mumbling obscenities to himself”.

Ah Locrian mode, what can I say about Locrian mode that hasn’t already been said about Afghanistan. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t even have wasted my time making these charts about this god-forsaken mode. As a matter-of-fact, back in the day some Gregorian Monk was probably like “hey guys, we still have this last note to build a mode from” and the other monks were like “shut-up Carl, this is why nobody wants to drink mead with you!” 

 

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Aeolian Mode

The Aeolian Mode: Deep Dive
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THE AEOLIAN MODE = also known as the (natural) Minor Scale.
Like Ionian Mode, the Aeolian Mode is just a fancy name for it’s common counterpart: the Minor Scale. A devastating realization for the multitudes of guitarists who were promised that knowing modes would magically increase their soloing skills to Joe Satriani levels. Sorry guys, there are no cheat codes or shortcuts in this guitar game and it takes a lot more than a cool Greek name to become a great soloist. But stick with it!

 

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Mixolydian Mode

The Mixolydian Mode: Deep Dive
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THE MIXOLYDIAN MODE = also known as “the Jerry Garcia scale”.
The Mixolydian Mode, like Dorian, is another really cool and approachable mode. It works great as a scale over dominant chords and can really change the vibe of a blues song. You can also find it all over the place in jazz, funk, and rock music. Without the Mixolydian Mode we wouldn’t have great tunes like “Fughetta super: Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot”, a song that strangers are constantly asking me to play. 

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Lydian Mode

The Lydian Mode: Deep Dive
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THE LYDIAN MODE = also known as “at least it’s not Locrian”.
The Lydian Mode is definitely a mode, that much we can be sure of. Is it popular like Ionian or Aeolian? No. Is it as versatile as Dorian or Mixolydian? No. Does it have a cool cousin like Phrygian? No. But hey, when compared to Locrian, we are freaking glad to have you around buddy!

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Phrygian Mode

The Phrygian Mode: Deep Dive
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THE PHRYGIAN MODE = also known as “not as cool as Phrygian Dominant”.
The Phrygian Mode can be very useful for creating a characteristically “arabic” sound. So definitely do not whip out your guitar and start playing it at a US airport while waiting for your flight. Be sure to check out Phrygian Dominant, the Phrygian Mode’s badass cousin who can buy beer and convince chick’s to go skinny-dipping.

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Dorian Mode

The Dorian Mode: Deep Dive
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THE DORIAN MODE = also known as “Santana’s money shot”.
The Dorian Mode is an easily approachable and popular mode. I suggest starting with Dorian because it is quite easy to write cool chord progressions that resolve to the ii. Some notable tunes in Dorian are “So What” by Miles Davis, “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles, and “Scarborough Fair” by some medieval bard trying to entice a fair maiden out of her chastity belt.

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Hungarian Minor

The Hungarian Minor Scale

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Hungarian Minor = “Double Harmonic Minor” = “Gypsy Minor”

 

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