MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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G mixolydian mode box shapes

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

BLOGoZON ISSUE No.
MODAL FORMULA
MAJOR SCALE MODE NAME
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Ionian
1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7
Dorian
-
1 b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7
Phrygian
1 2 3 #4 5 6 7
Lydian
-
1 2 3 4 5 6 b7
Mixolydian
1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7
Aeolian
-
1 b2 b3 4 b5 b6 b7
Locrian

This issue demonstrates the perfect mode to improvise guitar solos over chords from the DOMINANT family - the MIXOLYDIAN MODE - these chords are listed in the next table.

CHORD SYMBOL
CHORD NAME
FORMULA
G major 1 3 5
G7 dominant seventh 1 3 5 b7
G9 dominant ninth 1 3 5 b7 9
G11 dominant eleventh 1 3 5 b7 9 11
G13 dominant thirteenth 1 3 5 b7 9 11 13

The reason this mode works over these chords is that they are both essentially derived from the same thing i.e the G13 chord is the mixolydian mode stacked in thirds.

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

Hence the GEDCA octaves sequence is shown for G natural in the diagram that follows:-

GEDCA octaves G natural

GuitarPro6 G natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all of the G mixolydian mode notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's

fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and CAGED octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard

GEDCA octaves G mixolydian mode notes

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

GADCA octaves G mixolydian mode intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all five box shapes for the G mixolydian mode in the GEDCA octaves style.


GEDCA octaves - G mixolydian mode box shapes

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6G3G1 G mixolydian mode pdf
6E4E1 G mixolydian mode box
4D2 G mixolydian mode pdf
5C2 mixolydian mode pdf
5A3 G mixolydian mode pdf
6G3G1 G mixolydian mode pdf

  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 4D2
  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 6G3G1 at 12

6G3G1 G mixolydian mode box

6E4E1 G mixolydian mode box

4D2 G mixolydian mode box

5C2 G mixolydian mode box

5A3 G mixolydian mode box

6G3G1 G mixolydian box


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