Major Pentatonic Modes

You can build the major modes from the Major Pentatonic scale!

The concept of the major pentatonic modes is as easy to learn as the minors since they have a similar relationship with the Major Pentatonic.

Simply start with a Major Pentatonic scale shape, add either the 4 or #4 as well as either the b7 or maj7 to create the desired mode.

Your hands need to know where these added notes are inside all 5 shapes.

Major Pentatonic
2 3 5 6
Ionian 4
Lydian #4 7
Mixolydian 4 b7

In Chordacus, these modes are highlighted around the chord and pentatonic scale like this.

A Ionian
A Lydian
A Mixolydian

How to best practise the major pentatonic modes

The best way to practise the major modes is to allow each important note to pop out, on after another, like this:

  1. Chord shape
  2. Major Pentatonic
  3. add 4 or #4
  4. Major Pentatonic
  5. add b7 or 7
  6. Major Pentatonic
  7. Full mode
  8. Chord shape

Follow this routine and your hands will soon be quicker than your head. When this happens music can come through you, rather than from you.

You get the best guidance possible to achieve this when you take the advanced guitar course.