Modes and tetrachords | Root note C
Comparing modes in terms of tetrachords helps you to get familiar with
- the structure of scales
- the fingerings of scale patterns
- the sound of modes
- the brightness and darkness of modes
C Ionian Scale
The C Ionian Scale is a combination of the Cmaj tetrachord and the Gmaj tetrachord separated by a major second (2).
G Mixolydian Scale
The G Mixolydian Scale is a combination of the Gmaj tetrachord and the Dmin tetrachord separated by a major second (2). The upper Gmaj tetrachord of the C ionian scale becomes the lower tetrachord of the G mixolydian scale.
D Dorian Scale
The D Dorian Scale is a combination of the Dmin tetrachord and the Amin tetrachord separated by a major second (2). The upper Dmin tetrachord of the G mixolydian scale becomes the lower tetrachord of the D dorian scale.
Another Keynote presentation illustrating chord- and scale diagrams created with the fonts Chords VI and Scales VI. No images or shapes were used.
Create diatonic seventh chords in a major scale by shifting the root of each seventh chord up a diatonic second. Build chords with the same inversions on string sets 1234, 2345 and 3456.
Major Scale | Diatonic seventh chords on different string sets
Another Keynote presentation illustrating guitar diagrams created with the fonts Chords and Scales. No images or shapes were used.
Build diatonic seventh chords and arpeggios in a major scale by just shifting the root of each seventh chord and arpeggio up a diatonic second.
Major Scale | Diatonic Chords & Arpeggios
Download free modal scales diagrams and add them to your Scales library folder.
Note: The Scales font family needs to be installed on your computer to display the diagrams!
- 874 modal scales diagrams for six string guitar
- ionian mode in all keys
- dorian mode in all keys
- phrygian mode in all keys
- lydian mode in all keys
- mixolydian mode in all keys
- aeolian mode in all keys
- locrian mode in all keys
- for your Scales library
- requirements: Scales font family | Mac OS X
Spotlight Search Criteria
All diagrams are tagged with keywords helping you to narrow down your search results by typing specific criteria (see also → Library).
1. Searching for specific scale names
To find modal scale diagrams type root (E) scale mode (phrygian) fret position (VII) as shown in the image below.
Call up the Spotlight menu and type e.g. E phrygian scale. As you type Spotlight builds the list of every match it can find tagged with E phrygian. Choose the neck diagram you wish to insert and paste it into an open Pages, Keynote, Guitar Pro or another eligible document.
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