Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani is the uber skilfull solo guitarist and member of super-group Chickenfoot.

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Hal Leonard produce a huge array of DVDs/transcription books/play in the style of manuals...etc - covering Mr Satriani's best works.

Joe Satriani is very much a mount from Ibanez's stable with the JS series - he also has strong links with Peavey for his amplification needs.

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EDCAG octaves - F lydian mode box shapes

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The table that follows lists previous BLOGoZON issues where the MAJOR SCALE MODES have been detailed:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7
1 b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7
1 2 3 #4 5 6 7
1 2 3 4 5 6 b7
1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7
1 b2 b3 4 b5 b6 b7

This issue demonstrates the perfect mode to improvise guitar solos over the chords listed in the next table - the LYDIAN MODE.

F major 1 3 5
Fmaj7 major seventh 1 3 5 7
Fmaj9 major ninth 1 3 5 7 9
Fmaj9#11 major ninth sharp eleventh 1 3 5 7 9 #11
Fmaj13#11 major thirteenth sharp eleventh 1 3 5 7 9 #11 13

The reason this mode works over these chords is that they are both essentially the derived from the same thing i.e the Fmaj13#11 chord is the lydian mode stacked in thirds.

The easiest example of the lydian mode is rooted on F natural - as it is really the C major scale re-arranged so that it starts with the fourth note (F) rather than the first (C).

Hence the EDCAG octaves sequence is shown for F natural in the diagram that follows:-

F natural EDCAG octaves

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The diagram that follows shows all of the F lydian mode notes plotted over the entire guitar's fretboard in the EDCAG octaves style:-

F lydian mode note names

Once again a more long term solution to fretboard navigation is to see scales/modes/arpeggios as INTERVAL shapes rather than note names - as these are universal to all scales, modes, arpeggios and chords rather than specific to one particular root note - with this in mind the intervals for the F lydian mode are detailed below in the EDCAG octaves manner:-

F lydian mode intervals

All modes (and scales for that matter) have an underlying triad - 3 note chord - that defines their tonality.

In the case of the F lydian mode this the F major arpeggio - hence the notes for an F major triad are shown the EDCAG octaves style in the next diagram.

F major arpeggio note names

Similarly the intervals forming an F major arpeggio are shown next:-

F major arpeggio intervals

The table and tabbed panel below detail all five box shapes for the F lydian mode in the EDCAG octaves style.

EDCAG octaves - F lydian mode box shapes

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