Master Modes

With these exercises – You can master the modes!

These final modal exercises will change the way you play the guitar forever.

By taking you through every modal interval possible, starting with either the Minor Pentatonic or the Major Pentatonic you teach your hands how music work on the fretboard.

Once completed you will see the modes as clearly as a painter experience colours. Music will soon come through you, not just from you.


Major master exercises

These exercises will teach you all the major modes in all five shapes. Should you practise at 80-90 BPM you will be able to complete all exercises in less than fifteen minutes.

The routine to master the major modes moves like this:

  • Major Pentatonic – add #4 – Major Pentatonic – add maj7 – Major Pentatonic – Lydian
  • Major Pentatonic – add 4 – Major Pentatonic – add maj7 – Major Pentatonic – Ionian
  • Major Pentatonic – add 4 – Major Pentatonic – add b7 – Major Pentatonic – Mixolydian

Once this is completed – stop practising the major modes!


Minor master exercises

These exercises will teach you the three minor modes, Aeolian, Dorian and Phrygian, as well as Phrygian Dominant, the Blues and the Conspirian scale.

That’s six scales in one exercise and you end up actually playing every single interval available.

The practise routine to master the minor modes move:

  • Minor Pentatonic – add 2 – Minor Pentatonic – add 6 – Minor Pentatonic – Dorian
  • Minor Pentatonic – add 2 – Minor Pentatonic – add b6 – Minor Pentatonic – Aeolian
  • Minor Pentatonic – add b2 – Minor Pentatonic – add b6 – Minor Pentatonic – Phrygian
  • Minor Pentatonic with 3rd – add b2 – Minor Pentatonic with 3rd – add b6 – Minor Pentatonic with 3rd – Phrygian Dominant
  • Minor Pentatonic – add b5 (Blues scale) – Minor Pentatonic – add maj7 – Minor Pentatonic – Conspirian

When you can play this – stop practising the minor modes!


Summary

These exercises would not have made much sense if you hadn’t practised all these modes and pentatonic scales individually first.

In the master course, they work as the ultimate test to ensure that you know all your modes.

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