MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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Misha "Bulb" Mansoor


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Misha Mansoor is lead guitarist and founding member of the Bethesda, Maryland metal band Periphery

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C ionian mode box shapes

In BLOGoZON No.102 the box shapes for the C IONIAN MODE were presented using the CAGED octaves methodology.

In this weeks BLOGoZON the box shapes for the C ionian mode are revisited but this time the undelying
3-note chord/arpeggio is presented i.e. C major.

The easiest example of the ionian mode is rooted on C natural - as it is really the C major scale.

Hence the CAGED octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

CAGED octaves C natural

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagrams that follows show all of the C ionian mode notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and CAGED octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C ionian mode

CAGED octaves C ionian 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 C ionian mode are detailed below in the
CAGED octaves manner:-

CAGED octaves C ionian mode intervals

All scales and modes have an underlying triad - 3 note chord - that defines their basic tonality.

In the case of the C ionian mode this is the C major arpeggio - hence the notes for a C major arpeggio

are presented in both the Guitar Pro and CAGED octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard c major arpeggio

CAGED octaves C major arpeggio notes

Similarly the intervals forming a C major arpeggio are shown next:-

CAGED octaves C major arpegggio intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the C ionian mode and the
C major arpeggio in the CAGED octaves style.


CAGED octaves - C ionian mode box shapes

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C ionian mode 5C2 box shape pdf
C ionian mode 5A3 box shape pdf
C ionian mode 6G3G1 box shape pdf
C ionian mode 6E4E1 box shape pdf
C ionian mode 4D2 box shape pdf
C ionian mode 5C2 box shape at fret 12 pdf

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


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

C ionian mode 5C2 box shape

C ionian mode 5A3 box shape

C ionian mode 6G3G1 box shape

C ionian mode 6E4E1 box shape

C ionian mode 4D2 box shape

C ionian mode 5C2 box shape at fret 12


CAGED octaves - C major arpeggio box shapes

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C major arpeggio 5C2 box shape pdf
C major arpeggio 5A3 box shape pdf
C major arpeggio 6G3G1 box shape pdf
C major arpeggio 6E4E1 box shape pdf
C major arpeggio 4D2 box shape pdf
C major arpeggio 5C2 box shape at fret 12 pdf

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


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

C major arpeggio 5C2 box shape

C major arpeggio 5A3 box shape

C major arpeggio 6G3G1 box shape

C major arpeggio 6E4E1 box shape

C major arpeggio 4D2 box shape

C major arpeggio 5C2 box shape at fret 12


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