JRS Survival Guitar Lesson 16: Locrian Mode

The seventh Mode to learn is the Locrian Mode.

Click on Locrian Mode to hear a midi file example. Note that this B Locrian Mode is played with a B note in the background. Listen how the Mode sounds over this sustained note. This becomes important later, as I teach you to play modally. Hang in there!

The Locrian Mode is shown here, arranged to cover two octaves on the guitar. To play this mode in the key of C (like you did in lesson 10), start the first note of the mode on the 19th fret.

The Locrian Mode is created from notes of the Major Scale. Specificaly, Locrian Mode uses the notes of the Major Scale, starting on the seventh note of the Major Scale. Example: If you have a C Major Scale (which contains the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C), to create a Locrian Mode you would start on the seventh note (B). So, your new B Locrian Mode would consist of the notes B, C, D, E, F, G, A, B.

Well, this is the last of modes. Memorize them all, then prepare to tie them together in the next lesson!








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