Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 36

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #36 - Shredding the Ionian Mode


Lesson Series by Todd Simpson


Let's take a look at the IONIAN (Major) scale. We have been using Minor shapes, and various other bits so it's high time to add a fresh scale in to this mix. Here is a bit about the scale from Wikipedia.


"Ionian mode is the name assigned by Heinrich Glarean in 1547 to his new authentic mode on C (mode 11 in his numbering scheme), which uses the diatonic octave species from C to the C an octave higher, divided at G (as its dominant, reciting note or tenor) into a fourth species of perfect fifth (tone–tone–semitone–tone) plus a third species of perfect fourth (tone–tone–semitone): C D E F G + G A B C (Powers 2001a). This octave species is essentially the same as the major mode of tonal music "


There is a finger shift that we will take some practice at before we start playing the full scale. Let's work out our fingering first.


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Now lets run the entire scale in the key of G.


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Now lets' do a variation that you should be able to work out without looking at the notes once you recognize the pattern.


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