What Is A Mode?

Intro

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Find out what a mode is!

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Part Of A Scale

A Mode is a Part Of A Scale

Hear chords as numbers to connect the mode!

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On The Guitar

Modes On The Guitar

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Conclusion

Conclusion Modes

Diagram of Modes explain music!

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Find out what a mode is!

One of the most common questions a guitar player ask themselves and others is: What is a mode?

A mode is a section of a scale, or a new starting point of a scale. Let’s look at the major scale:

The formula for the major scale is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

The formula in itself doesn’t mean much unless we understand the intervals between the numbers.

T stands for tone (two frets) and S stands for semi tone (one fret)

Formula
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Intervals
T
T
S
T
T
T
S

It’s the relationship between the numbers (tone or semi tone) that makes the sound of the scale.

A mode is a different starting point of the scale so let’s look at the second mode; Dorian

Formula
2
3
4
5
6
7
1
Intervals
T
S
T
T
T
S

As you can see, the distance between the notes have changed.

Should we never resolve to the I chord we will feel as if the second degree of the scale is our “home note”. What we play can be referred to as “playing in Dorian“.

All modes work in the same way!

What I described using Dorian as an example above is true for all other modes.

Should we see the sixth degree of the scale as our “home” then we would play in Aeolian.

In order to master any instrument you have to be able to zoom in on modes like this as a chord progression moves on.

How do I use the modes?

If you know all your shapes and practice enough you can use the modes when you improvise.

When the chord is II you focus on Dorian over that chord, pick out strong intervals and phrase as if chord II was your home.

If the next chord is chord VI then you switch to Aeolian and phrase around this chord as your home.

To learn more about modes, look to the Guitar Conspiracy which not only answer the question “What Is A Mode”, it will teach you all of them as well!

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