Take A Walk Around On Scales and Modes Chart

What we really after in daily exercises on learning guitar? licks, speed and accuracy? what happen after then? these questions keep me wondering about what stuff that really works. Practicing licks in slow-moderate-fast tempo was not really interested after i found some readings and videos about Scales and Modes. It changed my point of view in learning guitar years ago, when i thought that all i can learn was becoming fast and licks-rich playing, bunch of sweeping arpeggios, tapping all along the fretboard, you name them. all the famous guitarists can do were all i wanted to be.There are some unique sounds and styles of playing in every guitarist song. Thanks to Mr. Satriani’s “Flying in A Blue Dream” which ignited me to look deeper in music. And this post will be a long one. Scales and Modes are effective for guitar playing, especially for the beginner ones who get bored with their distortion screaming loud but leads to nowhere.There are seven scales, at least they are the basic ones, those need to be learned:

  1. Ionian
  2. Dorian
  3. Phrygian
  4. Lydian
  5. Mixolydian
  6. Aeolian
  7. Locrian

i put those in order because they are in that order. 🙂 I made a chart here, it is not really the official musical chart actually, it’s my own note to get understand about how Scale and Modes works.

Scales and Modes
Scales and Modes Chart

Take a look at the chart and you can see it’s the notes in clockwise-order. stuff about the scales those you can get from the chart are:

  1. Ionian Scale ; it’s 1-w-2-w-3-h-4-w-5-w-6-w-7-h-1 , which means 1(do) is a whole-note-step away to 2(re), and 3(mi) is half-note-step away to 4(fa). it’s fixed to all next scales i write down here.
  2. Dorian Scale ; it begins at 2(re), so that would be 2-w-3-h-4-w-5-w-6-w-7-h-1-w-2
  3. Phrygian Scale ;  3-h-4-w-5-w-6-w-7-h-1-w-2-w-3 , remember to understand all these scales in order, i promise you it will help you eliminating unnecessary questions.
  4. Lydian Scale ; 4-w-5-w-6-w-7-h-1-w-2-w-3-h-4 , this scale was my first inspiration in learning scales and modes. It caught me
  5. Mixolydian Scale ; 5-w-6-w-7-h-1-w-2-w-3-h-4-w-5 , you will see this scale is transferred into mode, which i will explain in this post, turns into most guitarist ever explore.
  6. Aeolian Scale ; 6-w-7-h-1-w-2-w-3-h-4-w-5-w-6 , this scale defines songs significantly, you will know what i mean about this after read whole of this post.
  7. Locrian Scale ; 7-h-1-w-2-w-3-h-4-w-5-w-6-w-7 , save the best for last. remember this

Now, to put the notes in order, simply we change 1do-2re-3mi-4fa-5sol-6la-7ti on scale into degree I-II-III-IV-V-VI-VII. this will help us to understand how a scale is transferred into mode.
Most of guitar licks, are based on these and the creativity in exploring them. let’s start it:

  • on Ionian scale, we don’t see any changes since the I degree means do = I. it’s major
  • Dorian mode. now take a note and write down only the Dorian scale interval “…-w-…-h-…-w-…-w-…-w-…-h-…-w-…”, then put the 1(do) there on the first blank note. after that, write down the next note based on the interval, that means II=1(do). the notes would be “1-w-2-h-2#-w-4-w-5-w-6-h-6#-w-1″. it’s easy right? now, play them and listen carefully, let your brain defines the unique sound and characteristic of this mode.
  • Phrygian mode.do the exact steps like on dorian mode and you will get “1-h-1#-w-2#-w-4-w-5-h-5#-w-6#-w-1″ . play it on your guitar and understand these notes, it might lead you to alternative choices for Phrygian modes.
  • Lydian mode. The scale interval is “…-w-…-w-…-w-…-h-…-w-…-w-…-h-…” next is yours. i try to make some interactions between my writing here with your curiosity in learning guitar. i hope it works 😀
  • MixoLydian mode. “…-w-…-w-…-h-…-w-…-w-…-h-…-w-…” put your notes there and you will get the basic understanding about “THE BLUES STYLE !!” (you may imagine those words in echo and reverbs, hahaha)
  • Aeolian mode. The scale interval is “…-w-…-h-…-w-…-w-…-h-…-w-…-w-…” it’s minor stuff which you may find it is collaborated well with Ionian mode. it’s easy to listen actually.
  • Locrian mode. yes, your ears couldn’t believe at first, but the interval is indeed “…-h-…-w-…-w-…-h-…-w-…-w-…-w-…”. for one who wants to learn jazz, this is your first real challenge.

well this is exhausting, because i write this spontaneously and i might edit this post, considering this is the crucial part in learning guitar for your better playing. hope this helps, and i need a lot of responses world wide about learning guitar with these kind of readings. see you next posts.

Orianthi, as “Girl-Guitar” Combinations Can Be

PRS guitar

First news i heard about Orianthi was when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, less than three weeks before his “This Is It” concert date. The curiosity about the king of pop legend had lead the world to the new name, Orianthi Panagaris. This is very interesting when i was reading all stuff about the shocking news, Orianthi was very-well prepared to be a new hot stuff.

As a young girl with guitar, she was serious. Her instrumental song, The “Highly Strung” was very eye-catch stuff as you can see, i embedded the video here, Steve Vai is on her video. Yes, one of world guitar extraordinaire was collaborated with Orianthi.

But not only that, her video “According To You” is one thing, too. What interested me was using PRS Guitar. what a nice choice for female guitar shredder. Actually she has her own signature SE model. Here are her thoughts about her PRS

on NAMM 2011

the latest PRS guitar she uses is the 2012 PRS SE signature

PRS SE Orianthi

the newest things about her are, first, her latest album released on 12 March 2013, Heaven in This Hell. Produced by Dave Stewart, this is the 3rd Orianthi’s studio album. Although 5 songs of this album were in her 2011 Extended play, Fire, this would satisfied the fans.
What happened next is, that Orianthi got a Memorabilia Case, performed at Vinyl in The Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas on April 28, 2013 and she was calling out her fans to make her new album video shoot.

What else i can share about her? well, i guess we watch her for now on, as boys might hate this Chick on guitar because of her amazing achievements. 🙂