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Tip: Practicing Modes (Part 7)

Let’s continue our study of modes in this issue. We’ve been playing the C ionian or C major sound with chords whose melody notes sit on string 1 or string 2. Let’s try out some C Io chords that cover all twelve frets, and whose top notes are on string 3. Keep in mind the following: we’re staying within the key of C major, though we might get into chromatic notes later; maybe not all the chords we’re playing here will be pure C major, but may be a substitute for C major. In other words, they’ll sound similar to C or complementary to C major. Here are my picks:

C Ionian chords that cover all twelve frets

Remember to play these ascending also, not just descending

Thanks for reading.

Copyright © 2010 Darrin Koltow

This first appeared in the Guitar Noise News – May 1, 2009 newsletter. Reprinted with permission.