MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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G mixolydian mode box shapes

In BLOGoZON No.45 the box shapes for the G MIXOLYDIAN MODE were presented using the
GEDCA octaves methodology.

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

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 fourth 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 diagrams that follows show all of the G mixolydian mode notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and GEDCA octaves styles:-

Guitar Pro 6 G mixolydian mode

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:-

GEDCA octaves G mixolydian mode intervals

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

In the case of the G mixolydian mode this is the G major arpeggio - hence the notes for a G major

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

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio notes

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio notes

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

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the G mixolydian mode and the
G major arpeggio in the GEDCA octaves style.


GEDCA octaves - G mixolydian mode box shapes

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  • 4D2
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  • 5A3
  • 6G3G1 at 12

6G3G1 box shape

6E4E1 box shape

4D2 box

5C2 box

5A3 box

6G3G1 at 12 box


GEDCA octaves - G major arpeggio box shapes

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6G3G1 pdf
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  • 5A3
  • 6G3G1 at 12


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

6G3G1 box shape

6E4E1 box shape

4D2 box shape

5C2 box shape

5A3 box shape

6G3G1 at 12 box shape


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