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Locrian Mode for Guitarists

This article was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background Most people believe that the musical modes can be traced back to different tribes in ancient Greek society (The Ionians, The Dorians, The Phrygians etc) and each of these communities had their own distinctive music ‘feel’. If this is true,…

Lydian Mode for Guitarists

This article was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background The modern Lydian mode actually differs from the original one used by the ancient Greeks. At the end of the day, when all is said and done (insert another cliché here) it is all about the sound, the feel, the…

Phrygian Mode for Guitarists

This article was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background One of the ancient musical modes has origins that can be traced back to a tribe called the Phrygians, who lived around 600BC. Personally, whenever I hear phrases like ‘Ancient Musical Modes’, I immediately think of that Stonehenge scene in…

Ionian Mode for Guitarists

This article was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background Whether you know it or not, you would have used the Ionian mode, but probably referred to it by the more commonly accepted ‘Major Scale’. For example, the C Major Scale is exactly the same as C Ionian mode, the…

Aeolian Mode for Guitarists

This post was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background ‘Music. It’s What Feelings Sound Like.’ Although the original author for this quote is unknown, it was probably inspired by a song that contained the Aeolian melodic structure. Many guitar players have used the Aeolian mode – without even knowing…