MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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Anders Nystrom

Anders Nystrom is the founding member and lead guitarist for Swedish metal band Katatonia.

Mayones produce both a Regius 6 Gothic Blakkheim and a Setius Gothic Blakkheim his amplification needs are taken care of by Laboga.

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E natural minor 3 notes per string box shapes

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The table that follows lists previous BLOGoZON issues where the MAJOR SCALE 3 NOTES PER STRING have been detailed in various keys:-

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BLOGoZON ISSUE No.
ACRONYM
SCALE NAME
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CAGED
C minor
AGEDC
A minor
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GEDCA
G minor
BLOGoZON No.52
EDCAG
E minor
DCAGE
D minor

This issue demonstrates the perfect mode to improvise guitar solos over MINOR chords to produce a normal minor sound - the NATURAL MINOR SCALE.

The SCALE chords in the metal guitarist's favourite key - E minor - are listed in the next table:-

CHORD SYMBOL
CHORD NAME
FORMULA
Em minor 1 b3 5
Em7 minor seventh 1 b3 5 b7
Em9 minor seventh 1 b3 5 b7 9
Em11 minor eleventh 1 b3 5 b7 9 11
Em13 minor thirteenth 1 b3 5 b7 9 11 13

The reason this scale works over these chords is that they are both essentially derived from the same thing i.e the Em13 chord is the NATURAL MINOR SCALE stacked in thirds.

The EDCAG octaves sequence is shown for E natural in the diagram that follows:-

EDCAG octaves E natural

GuitarPro6 E natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all of the E natural minor scale notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's

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

GuitarPro6 fingerboard

EDCAG octaves E natural minor 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 E natural minor scale are detailed below in the EDCAG octaves manner:-

EDCAG octaves E natural minor intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all five box shapes for the E natural minor in the EDCAG octaves style.


EDCAG octaves - E natural minor 3 notes per string box shapes

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