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Jazz Modes Guitar Cheat Sheet

Here is my quick, dirty and shameless cheat sheet for jazz modes; which can be applied to guitar and bass.

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Guide for minor oriented modes:

  • Find the root note on the top string. Example: A.
  • Move two frets up (reaching G), and play the major scale (G major). Those notes build up the A Dorian scale.
  • Move two more frets up (reaching F), and play the major scale (F major). Those notes build up the A Phrygian scale.

Guide for major oriented modes:

  • Jump one string below (reaching D), and play the major scale (D major). Those notes build up the A Mixolydian scale.
  • Move one fret down (reaching D#), and play the 7 scale (D#7). Those notes build up the tritone substitude for A7. That’s not really a jazz mode, but is still useful.
  • Move one more fret down (reaching E), and play the major scale (E major). Those notes build up the A Lydian scale.

 

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5 thoughts on “Jazz Modes Guitar Cheat Sheet

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  5. Frank says:

    Every mode of any particular key all uses the exact same notes as the parent key. So none of this teaches you anything about learning modes or how to apply them. Modes should be taught in a manner where the intervals between the notes have a specific relationship.

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