Song Writers Swivel Modes within a Key

Advanced Practice RoutineSee the keys, the modes, the chords and the arpeggios with the SWS!

During your studies here at Advanced Guitar you learn how to extend your chords to 7th note chords and how to build minor and major modes.

By adding just 2 notes to the minor pentatonic (2 & 6) and two notes to the major pentatonic (4 and 7).

Putting this together in the SWS and we get the diagram below.

What’s important here is that you both understand the concept and can play it!

I
II
III
IV
V
VI
VII
Chord
maj7
min7
min7
maj7
dom7
min7
min7b5
Pent
maj
min
min
maj
maj min
arpeggio
Add
4 + 7
2 + 6
b2 + b6
#4 + 7
4 + b7
2 + b6
N/A
Mode
Ionian
Dorian
Phrygian
Lydian
Mixolydian
Aeolian
(Locrian)

Expand Pentatonic Scales into Modes

Your aim should be to naturally associate, for example chord VI with 5 chord, arpeggio and pentatonic shapes.

From these building blocks we add the necessary intervals to build the mode.

Since they all relate to the same shape, this should not be impossible.

The more songs you learn, and the deeper you transcribe them, the clearer the connection will be.

Possibly the best way to progress is to simply take an interest in whatever you can play, translate that to numbers and start tracing scales.

It would be wiser to approach things this way, rather than trying to analyze a song you yet can not play.

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