Advanced Chordacus

See the modes with Chordacus!

In the Advanced Guitar Course we learn all the modes as we study songs in great depth.

To help you really see the modes some more colours to indicate the new intervals have been added in Chordacus.

Since these are added it is vital that you know your barre chord shapes and minor and major pentatonic shapes before you start studying these modes.

The major modes in Chordacus

We colour co-ordinate the extra notes you add to a pentatonic in order to create all major modes.

Notes to build the major modes are 4 and 7.

The lower the interval, the darker the shade.

  • 4 -dark brown
  • #4 -light brown
  • 7 -light brown
  • b7 -dark brown

The Ionian Mode

This is an example of the Ionian mode in C, E shape.

  1. Can you see a red chord shape inside the scale?
  2. Can you see the pentatonic shape if you combine red with yellow?
  3. Can you see how by adding the 4th and the 7th you get the full scale?

The Lydian Mode

This is an example of the Lydian mode in C, E shape.

  1. Can you see a red chord shape inside the scale?
  2. Can you see the pentatonic shape if you combine red with yellow?
  3. Can you see how by adding the #4th and the 7th you get the full scale?

The Mixolydian Mode

This is an example of the Mixolydian mode.

  1. Can you see a red chord shape inside the scale?
  2. Can you see the pentatonic shape if you combine red with yellow?
  3. Can you see how by adding the 4th and the b7th you get the full scale?

The minor modes in Chordacus

In the Advanced Guitar Course we learn the modes individually and get help form Chordacus as we do so.

In Chordacus we have color co-ordinated all the intervals in relation to each mode.

A lower interval is darker than a higher.

  • b2 -dark lilac
  • 2 -light lilac
  • b6 -dark lilac
  • 6 -light lilac

The Aeolian Mode

This is an example of a Chordacus image displaying the Aeolian mode.

  1. Can you see a red chord shape inside the scale?
  2. Can you see the pentatonic shape if you combine red with blue?
  3. Can you see how by adding the 2 and the b6 you get the full scale?

The Dorian Mode

This is an example of a Chordacus image displaying the Dorian mode.

  1. Can you see a red chord shape inside the scale?
  2. Can you see the pentatonic shape if you combine red with blue?
  3. Can you see how by adding the 2 and the 6 you get the full scale?

The Phrygian Mode

This is an example of a Chordacus image displaying the Phrygian mode.

  1. Can you see a red chord shape inside the scale?
  2. Can you see the pentatonic shape if you combine red with blue?
  3. Can you see how by adding the b2 and the b6 you get the full scale?

Conclusion Advanced Chordacus

Chordacus help you see the modes as an extension of the barre chord shapes and the pentatonic.

By colour coordinating everything, the new added intervals highlight what makes each mode.

This is the way you should be thinking when you build and play them as well, the extra notes is what makes the mode.

Take the Advanced Guitar Course to learn more about modes and how Chordacus can help you understand the guitar fret board.