Mode Resources

Free Online Resources for Fretboard Theory Chapter 8: Modes

These resources are to be used together with the instructional guitar video, Modes, which is taken from Fretboard Theory Chapter 8. Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference.

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Modes Video Section Times

  • Introduction (0:09)
  • Modes 1-7 (5:07)
  • Reviewing Modes 1-7 (20:53)
  • Naming Modes (23:09)
  • Ionian Mode Songs (26:05) [Jump to section]
  • “Wonderful Tonight” (26:32)
  • “Cherry Bomb” (32:11)
  • “When I Come Around” (33:10)
  • “Stir It Up” (34:16)
  • “Every Breath You Take” (36:21)
  • “Let It Be” (38:11)
  • “With or Without You” (40:10)
  • “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (42:56)
  • Dorian Mode Songs (44:43) [Jump to section]
  • “Light My Fire” (44:50)
  • “Moondance” (49:07)
  • “Oye Como Va” (50:08)
  • “Evil Ways” (51:09)
  • “Horse with No Name” (53:28)
  • “Spooky” (54:56)
  • Phrygian Mode Songs (58:02) [Jump to section]
  • “Wherever I May Roam” (58:31)
  • “YYZ” (59:54)
  • Lydian Mode Songs (1:01:48) [Jump to section]
  • “Here Comes My Girl” (1:05:14)
  • “Freewill” (1:06:55)
  • “Dreams” (1:08:28)
  • Mixolydian Mode Songs (1:09:14) [Jump to section]
  • “Sweet Child o’ Mine” (1:09:25)
  • “Cinnamon Girl” (1:12:04)
  • “Two Tickets to Paradise” (1:13:18)
  • “Reelin’ In the Years” (1:15:44)
  • “Louie Louie” (1:17:06)
  • “No Rain” (1:18:33)
  • “What I Like About You” (1:19:54)
  • “Oh, Pretty Woman” (1;20:59)
  • “Third Stone From the Sun” (1:21:35)
  • “Tequila” (1:22:20)
  • “Cult of Personality” (1:23:35)
  • “Fire on the Mountain” (1:24:36)
  • “But Anyway” (1:26:32)
  • Aeolian Mode Songs (1:27:59) [Jump to section]
  • “Zombie” (1:29:15)
  • “Paranoid” (1:33:20)
  • “The Trooper” (1:34:53)
  • “Black Magic Woman” (1:36:38)
  • “Layla” (1:38:25)
  • “Stairway to Heaven” (1:39:29)
  • “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1:40:59)
  • Myths and Misconceptions (1:41:50)
  • Choosing the Mode: Major (1:47:40)
  • Choosing the Mode: Minor (1:51:49)
  • Choosing the Mode: E Tonic (1:54:48)
  • Choosing the Mode: “Cocaine” (1:58:03)
  • The Blues Mode (2:00:59)
  • Switching Scales in the Blues (2:05:42)
  • Conclusion (2:10:03)
  • Gear (2:10:45)
  • Coming Up Next (2:11:18)

Modes Backing Tracks


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Ionian Mode Songs

Each song in the following list is either entirely in Ionian mode or at least features an Ionian mode section. Play along with each song using the major scale patterns I indicate in the list.

G Major Pentatonic with G Major Scale Patterns

Here’s how G major pentatonic scale patterns mix with G major scale patterns when you play in G Ionian mode.

01 Using G major pentatonic in G Ionian mode

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Dorian Mode Songs

Each song in the following list is either entirely in Dorian mode or at least features a Dorian mode section. Play along with each song using the major scale patterns I indicate in the list.

A Minor Pentatonic with G Major Scale Patterns

Here’s how A minor pentatonic scale patterns mix with G major scale patterns when you play in A Dorian mode.

02 Using A minor pentatonic in A Dorian mode

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Phrygian Mode Songs

As I mention in the video, it’s hard to find songs that are purely Phrygian mode. The songs listed below contain partial Phrygian mode sections.

B Minor Pentatonic with G Major Scale Patterns

Here’s how B minor pentatonic scale patterns mix with G major scale patterns when you play in B Phrygian mode.

03 Using B minor pentatonic in B Phrygian mode

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Lydian Mode Songs

Each song in the following list is either entirely in Lydian mode or at least features a Lydian mode section. Play along with each song using the major scale patterns I indicate in the list.

C Major Pentatonic with G Major Scale Patterns

Here’s how C major pentatonic scale patterns mix with G major scale patterns when you play in C Lydian mode.

04 Using C major pentatonic in C Lydian mode

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Mixolydian Mode Songs

Each song in the following list is either entirely in Mixolydian mode or at least features a Mixolydian mode section. Play along with each song using the major scale patterns I indicate in the list.

D Major Pentatonic with G Major Scale Patterns

Here’s how D major pentatonic scale patterns mix with G major scale patterns when you play in D Mixolydian mode.

05 Using D major pentatonic in D Mixolydian mode

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Aeolian Mode Songs

Each song in the following list is either entirely in Aeolian mode or at least features an Aeolian mode section. Play along with each song using the major scale patterns I indicate in the list.

E Minor Pentatonic with G Major Scale Patterns

Here’s how E minor pentatonic scale patterns mix with G major scale patterns when you play in E Aeolian mode.

06 Using E minor pentatonic and the E minor scale

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Additional Recommend Resources

In Soloing with Mixed Blues Scales, you learn how major and minor pentatonic scales are mixed and used together with Mixolydian mode to play lead lines with major and minor tonalities and chromatic passing tones.

Soloing With Mixed Blues Scales | Fretboard Theory Ch. 5

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