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The modes of the major scale is a massive topic, and certainly one we do not want to rush on the guitar. However, when it comes to theory the modes are quite a simple concept. In part one of this two part series we take an in depth look at the Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian and Lydian modes, as well as generally how to approach modes. As with any scale, learning the modes will involve learning scale formulas, but by the end of this course these first 4 modes will no longer be a mystery!

  • Modal Magic!
    In this lesson we introduce the basic idea of modes and talk through what a modal scale is. Modes are one of those subjects that is often over complicated in books and magazines, but is actually very simple once you get past the initial concept, which we cover in this lesson!

  • Ionian Mode
    We kick off our modal quest with the Ionian mode, which is the mode based on the first degree of the scale. The cool thing is, you will already know how to play the Ionian mode, and have probably been playing it for years!

  • Dorian Mode
    Our second modal scale is called the Dorian mode and is based from the second degree of the major scale. This mode is built from a minor chord so is a little darker sounding and more minor than the Ionian.

  • Phrygian Mode
    Our third mode is the Phrygian mode, which is built from the 3rd degree of the major scale. This is another minor mode as it is built based on the 3rd degree, which harmonises to minor. Just as with all the modes, it's important to get an idea of the sound of them, and this one os pretty dark!

  • Lydian Mode
    Our final mode of this course is the Lydian mode. This mode is based upon the 4th degree, which is harmonised to a major chord. Once you have this mode learnt in both formats shown by Dan, it is time to go back and recap all the modes so far. Once you've done that, you can move onto Part 2 of the modal course.