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Major Scale Modes: Lesson 16


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This time we are going to play each mode starting on the same note (in this case A) and compare and contrast each mode that has a major third. We are going to switch between the major modes of Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian at will to hear how they sound against each other. Again we can directly hear the unique, characteristic sound of each one as we change from one major mode to the next.

Ionian is the major scale in first position. Therefore it has the intervals of the major scale. Lydian is essentially the major scale, except with a sharp 4th degree. Mixolydian is essentially the major scale, except with a minor 7th degree.

A common lead playing technique in many genres of music (rock, blues, jazz, country, pop, etc.) is to use notes from any and all major modes over a relatively static major groove or simple pattern of bass notes that imply a major tonality.

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