Advanced Chordacus

See the modes

All the modes in chordacus

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

The major modes start with a barre chord shape in red, add the Major Pentatonic notes in yellow.

To achieve the different modes, different shades of brown are used to indicate the 4, #4, b7 and 7.

The minor modes start with a barre chord shape in red, add the Major Pentatonic notes in blue.

To achieve the different modes, different shades of lilac are used to indicate the b2, 2, b6 and 6.

Find these images below, to learn them in all keys and shapes, turn to the step by step course.


C Ionian – E shape

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Ionian in chordacus

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

  • Can you see a red chord shape inside the scale?
  • Can you see the Major Pentatonic shape in red with yellow?
  • Can you see how the 4th and  7th create the Ionian mode?

C Lydian – E shape

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Lydian in chordacus

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

  • Can you see a red chord shape inside the scale?
  • Can you see the Major Pentatonic shape in red with yellow?
  • Can you see how the #4th and 7th create the Lydian mode?

C Mixolydian – E shape

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Mixolydian in chordacus

This is the Mixolydian mode in C, as an E shape.

  • Can you see a red chord shape inside the scale?
  • Can you see the Major Pentatonic shape in red with yellow?
  • Can you see how the 4th and b7th create the Mixolydian mode?

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A Aeolian – Em shape

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Aeolian in chordacus

This is the Aeolian mode in A, as an Em shape.

  • Can you see a red chord shape inside the scale?
  • Can you see the Minor Pentatonic shape in red with blue?
  • Can you see how the 2nd and b6th create the Aeolian mode?

A Dorian – Em shape

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Dorian in chordacus

This is the Dorian mode in A, as an Em shape.

  • Can you see a red chord shape inside the scale?
  • Can you see the Minor Pentatonic shape in red with blue?
  • Can you see how the 2nd and 6th create the Dorian mode?

A Phrygian – Em shape

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Phrygian in chordacus

This is the Phrygian mode in A, as an Em shape.

  • Can you see a red chord shape inside the scale?
  • Can you see the Minor Pentatonic shape in red with blue?
  • Can you see how the b2nd and b6th create the Phrygian mode?

A Phrygian Dominant – E(m) shape

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Phrygian Dominant in chordacus

This is the Phrygian Dominant mode in A, as an E(m) shape.

  • Can you see a red chord shape inside the scale?
  • Can you see the Minor Pentatonic shape, with a major third?
  • Can you see how the b2 and the b6 create the PD mode?

Related Pages


Course

Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords, arpeggios, and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

To see all lessons in the advanced course, go to Advanced Guitar Course


Exercises

These are pretty advanced exercises. You’ll be playing 7th note chords, arpeggios and modes all over the neck.

But don’t fret – As you’ve already mapped out the fretboard with pentatonic scales and barre chords, extending the concept is actually really simple.

Preview the exercises from the course here: Advanced Guitar Lessons


Tunes

Learn how to play famous advanced songs.

‘Angels’, ‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Cannonball’, ‘Close To You’, ‘Creepin’ In’, ‘Don’t Wait Too Long’, ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘Over The Rainbow’, ‘Roxanne’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, ‘Take Me To The River’, ‘Tears In Heaven’, and ‘Wish You Were Here’.

To preview each song, go to Advanced Acoustic Songs


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