Sunday, March 14, 2010

More 3-String Mode Forms

The next two modes we'll examine are the Mixolydian and Aeolian modes, the Vth and VIth modes, respectively.

Like the Ionian and Phrygian, these two modes are mirror image interval patterns;

Study the diagram at the top of this post. Notice that the modes are geometrically opposite.

As with all patterns on the guitar, there are various forms for playing each mode. The specific forms in these diagrams are chosen because they clearly illustrate the symmetry of the patterns. This is a useful way of learning modes, because you can learn two at a time while also achieving a better understanding of their tonal character.

Remember that symmetry is an inherent element in the diatonic system. ( Review the blog entry on this subject ) Just as specific tones are arranged in geometrically opposing pairs, so are modes.

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