Locrian Mode

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Locrian mode

  • So far we have covered the C Major or Ionian mode. The Dorian mode or Dm mode and the E Phrygian or Em mode, the F Lydian mode, the G Mixolydian Mode and the A Aeolian mode.
  • Now we will learn Locrian mode.
  • The notes of the Locrian mode are shown below.
B C D E F G A B
  • Try to memorize all the notes in the B diminished chord. Also, try to memorize all the notes that make up each chord. Remember, each section to the left has the notes of each chord in the key of C major. The B diminished chord has the notes of B, D and F.

This is the Locrian mode. It is played from B to B in the key of C Major. This is the last mode we have to learn in the Major key. B Locrian is the diminished mode. Look at the image below. This fingering pattern should be very familiar to you. You should notice the A minor pentatonic, the A Aeolian and the C Ionian in the pattern below.

The B notes are highlighted from B to B. This pattern is played from the Low E string 7th fret 3 finger, to the high E string 7th fret 3 finger. Remember all of the modes in the key of C major have the same notes. C, D, E, F, G, A, B and C. 

B locrian mode

Look at the image below. This illustration has a different fingering pattern, but the same notes. Remember you can play all of these modes at different locations. Eventually you will have every note on the fret-board memorized and play every mode without even thinking about it.

Locrian mode in the key of C major

Look at the image above and notice the C Ionian mode in there too. You should remember the Ionian mode in the key of C major is played from C to C.

Look at the image below and notice the fingering for this B Locrian mode. The B notes have been highlighted and the fingering pattern illustrated. You would start this mode off with the Low E string 7th fret 1 finger. Move through all the strings to the high E string, playing from B to B. Try to come up with some other places to play all of these modes. 

locrian mode and scale of the key of C major

The Locrian mode is the only odd ball mode. It is a diminished mode, the other modes are either major or minor. This can be a very dark mode.

We have now covered every mode of the key of C major. There has been an enormous amount of information presented to you. As you study these modes, remember you can play them at different locations. You can play the A Aeolian mode starting at the 5th fret, but you can also play this mode starting at any A note on the fret-board. The same holds true for all of the modes. Learn the modes and also learn the relative minor and major scales to each scale.

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