Trying to learn major scale modes for guitar is an essential, though sometimes daunting, skill for any modern guitarist to possess, which is why I put together this guitar scales made easy series of articles.
With so many different fingerings to choose from, as well as learning to organize and memorize each of the 7 different modes, getting these modes on the guitar can sometimes seem overwhelming, or at the very least, frustrating.
In the following video lesson, and accompanying PDF, I lay out a fun and easy way to learn, memorize, organize and apply all of the 7 modes of the major scale on the guitar,
With this simple exercise, you will not only learn how to play all of these modes on the guitar, but you will learn how they are related to each other and how you can organize them from the brightest to darkest sounding mode in order to learn them quickly and retain them as you move forward in your development.
To read how to apply these modes to a solo, please read my article “Modes of the Major Scale and Their Application.”
To explore this exercise further, check out my article “Jazz Guitar Scales Made Easy: Deriving 28 Modes from One Shape” to apply this idea to all of the modes of the Major, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor and Harmonic Major scales.
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