Tip: Practicing Modes (Part 2)

This is the second in a series of articles on modes. Specifically, we’re building exercises that focus on getting the Ionian, Dorian, Mixolydian, and Phyrgian sounds into our ear and under our fingers.

We worked out C Ionian sounds last time, via chords in the fifth position. Let’s keep with the harmonic theme by presenting some C Io arpeggios this time out. Here’s C major 7, position V.

C major 7 position V

Let’s do C pentatonic and C6 while we’re at it.

C pentatonic and C6

All these sounds convey C Ionian.

Here are some ideas for mixing up this routine once you get the patterns down: descend from string 1 to 6 6 on C major 7, then come back to string 1 through C pentatonic. Or descend on C6 and ascend on C major 7. Mix it up. The goal is to convey the same C ionian or C Major sound in different ways.

Next time, maybe some scalework.

Thanks for reading.

Copyright © 2010 Darrin Koltow

This first appeared in the Guitar Noise News – February 15, 2009 newsletter. Reprinted with permission.