Major Scale Modes – C Major Scale Expanded

Author: Ed Cupler

Scale mode diagrams and tablature

Ionian

Ionian Scale Mode

Ionian Scale Mode

Dorian

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Dorian Scale Mode

Dorian Scale Mode

Phrygian

Phrygian Scale Mode

Phrygian Scale Mode

Lydian

Lydian Scale Mode

Lydian Scale Mode

Mixolydian

Mixolydian Scale Mode

Mixolydian Scale Mode

Aeolian

Aeolian Scale Mode

Aeolian Scale Mode

Locrian

Locrian Scale Mode

Locrian Scale Mode

Notes

Lesson Notes

  • Scale modes are like a scale within a scale
  • Each scale mode starts with one of the seven notes from the C major scale
  • There are seven scale modes
  • Starting the major scale from a different note changes the sequence of musical intervals and therefore, the sound of the scale.
  • The modes are (in order of appearance)
    • C – Ionian
    • D – Dorian
    • E – Phrygian
    • F – Lydian
    • G – Mixolydian
    • A – Aeolian
    • B – Locrian

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