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.


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


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