The Theory & Practice of Modes on the Guitar
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The Theory & Practice of Modes on the Guitar

Learn new thoughts and practice for these often elusive scale forms for the modern guitar!
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Created by Gregoíre Pearce
Last updated 4/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge to play any of the principle modes of the major scale in ANY key!
  • With regular practice, you will become a more proficient technician and be confident with beginning modal theory.
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  • You will need to have a basic working knowledge of where the notes lie on the fingerboard.
  • Desire to become a proficient technician.
  • Ambition to know and communicate music as a language through your guitar.

Where DO scales come from?

A good question! More importantly, what’s the point of practicing them so much? Easy. It would take decades to build technical proficiency without them. Furthermore, knowing how to construct chords and arpeggios in a specific key would be just shy of impossible.

Scales provide us with the technical and theoretical know-how to make our ideas musically tangible and are a significant part of the musical language, cut and dry.

You’re probably here because you want to make yourself a more proficient guitarist and knowledgeable musician. So, before we get into the creative aspect of scale use, it makes a whole lot of sense to know what you’re playing, while you’re playing.

In this course, you'll learn, practice and be quizzed on the 7 modes of the major scale, in many positions and keys on the fingerboard. The lectures allow you to learn how the scales are constructed and how you can apply them to your own compositions and improvisation.

There is over an hour of video lectures in this course that you can access over and over again. This information would take weeks, if not months, to consume and memorize in private lessons. Learning and Applying Modes to the Guitar can be used a learning supplement to your private lessons but it's intended for people who are teaching themselves the guitar.

For even more information, please visit TheFretBuzz or drop me a line.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course in intended for beginning and intermediate guitarists who want to broaden their palette for improvising, to improve their technique, and to broaden their understanding of chord/scale relationships.
  • Advanced technicians who lack a music theory foundation who want to make sense of what they are playing.
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Curriculum For This Course
7 Lectures
Modes at First Glance
7 Lectures 01:15:22

Ah yes, Ionian. Also affectionately known as the major scale. In this session you will be coached through how to map out the Ionian mode in several positions on the fingerboard in the key of D. We’ll go through a straight melodic approach to scale performance but then diversify our thinking to discover a pseudo-harmonic approach. Transposing the Ionian mode to other keys is also discussed and demonstrated.

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The Dorian Discussion is the beginning of understanding how the Dorian scale form, or mode, is related to the major scale and how altering one note can change it to Natural Minor (Aeolian). The Dorian mode is the scale form that is used for creating melodies over the ii chord in a major key, i.e. Dmi7 in the key of C major or Bbmi7 in the key of Ab major.

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In That Phrygian Mode, we unearth the complexity and sorrowful characteristics of, well, the Phrygian Mode. This vid’jo lesson gives us further insight into the mind trick that allows us to distance ourselves from patterns and in turn become more note reliant. We also go throughsuggested use of the scale and a plethora of fingerings to help really get the sound of the scale into our domes.


Let's Not Phorget Phrygian

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Lydian is a beautiful scale and if supported by chords with a raised fourth, magical and madrigal things have been known to happen. In this session we explore the sound of Lydian in the key of Emaj.

There’s a reggae inspired video practice track for us all to experiment using the Lydian scale over. Get to work!

We’re sorry… we meant good work!

Lydian Lunacy

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In this session we discover what Mixolydian is as a musical idea, how it relates to the major scale, dominant 7th chords, and your own individual musicality. Anyone else care to shred over some V7 chords for a while?

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Mixolydian Mayhem

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You guys are doing great! There’s a lot to digest in this course but please keep going with daily practice. Transpose the ideas you learn of here and in the other lessons and try applying everything to new keys. Definitely try creating your own way of playing all of the concepts we talk about. Guitar is finite even though the possibilities seem endless. You’ll master the fingerboard with devotion and daily practice!

Aeolian, a.k.a. Natural Minor

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So yeah, alright. Locrian. It’s not used that often but we should still know what it’s all about just in case you have a tune that hangs out on an A-7b5 vamp for four bars. Unlikely, but who are we to say what’s good and what isn’t. That’s your job! Enjoy this lesson on forming, executing, and loving Locrian.


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About the Instructor
Gregoíre Pearce
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Hello everyone and enjoy a warm welcome from all of us at TheFretBuzz! My name is Gregoíre Pearce and I have been performing and teaching music for just about 20 years at institutions of higher learning like UNLV, UCONN, Pomfret School, and now online at The'Buzz.

I established TheFretBuzz curriculum in the fall of 2013 after spending much of 2012 designing courses and lessons that are fun and instantly rewarding. The courses here on Udemy, and at, are riddled with engaging lesson content, video practice tracks, quizzes and practical application, and music manuscripts for most lessons.

The ambition of TheFretBuzz is to provide guitar students with an opportunity to learn music as a language and the skills necessary to be proficient technicians and composers.

We hope you enjoy the ride!