Minor Pentatonic Modes

Build the minor modes from the Minor Pentatonic scale

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Minor pentatonic modes

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The minor modes are easy to learn on the guitar because of their relationship with the Minor Pentatonic.

Simply start with a Minor Pentatonic scale shape, add either the b2 or 2 as well as either the b6 or 6 to create the desired mode.

Below, you’ll find a diagram displaying the intervals as well as what it looks like on the guitar fretboard.

When you practise any of these modes, start by playing the Minor Pentatonic, then add the desired interval, one at a time.

Minor Pentatonic
1
m345b7
Aeolian2b6
Dorian26
Phrygianb2b6
In Chordacus, these modes are highlighted around the chord and pentatonic scale like this.

A Aeolian Aemsa A Dorian Aemsd A Phrygian Aemsp

How to best practise the major modes

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

  1. Chord shape
  2. Minor Pentatonic
  3. add b2nd or 2nd
  4. Minor Pentatonic
  5. add b6th or 6th
  6. Minor 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.

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