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Modes of the Major Scale

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C Ionian
An Ionian scale is when you play from the root of the key to an octave above, so for C Ionian, the notes are:
  • C D E F G A B C
Each mode has an associated chord that is comprised of the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th degrees of the mode. For C Ionian, this chord is a C Major 7 and the notes it contains are:
  • C Major 7: C E G B
In the example below, the following can be heard in order:
  • The notes of the mode C Ionian
  • The notes of the characteristic chord: C Major 7
  • The characteristic chord itself: C Major 7
  • A sample solo line using the notes of the C Ionian scale
Modes of the Major Scale - Page 2