Guitar Mode Charts

C major scale

Mode Notes

Ionian mode: C D E F G A B
Dorian mode: D E F G A B C
Phrygian mode: E F G A B C D
Lydian mode: F G A B C D E
Mixolydian mode: G A B C D E F
Aeolian (minor) mode: A B C D E F G
Locrian mode: B C D E F G A

What this means above is that if you are in the key of C and you play a chord derivative of the C major scale, then based on the feel you want, you would choose the appropriate mode for the chord being played. We’ll talk about all of this and go through some examples in later lessons. For now let’s chart out all of the notes in every key just to prime us for that step. We already did C, the only key with no sharps or flats.

Tonic is A or A major scale
Mode Notes
Ionian Mode A B C# D E F# G#
Dorian B C# D E F# G# A
Phrygian C# D E F# G# A B
Lydian D E F# G# A B C#
Mixolydian E F# G# A B C# D
Aeolian (minor) F# G# A B C# D E
Locrian G# A B C# D E F#
Tonic is B or B major scale
Mode Notes
Ionian Mode B C# D# E F# G# A#
Dorian C# D# E F# G# A# B
Phrygian D# E F# G# A# B C#
Lydian E F# G# A# B C# D#
Mixolydian F# G# A# B C# D# E
Aeolian (minor) G# A# B C# D# E F#
Locrian A# B C# D# E F# G#
Tonic is D or D major scale
Mode Notes
Ionian Mode D E F# G A B C#
Dorian E F# G A B C# D
Phrygian F# G A B C# D E
Lydian G A B C# D E F#
Mixolydian A B C# D E F# G
Aeolian (minor) B C# D E F# G A
Locrian C# D E F# G A B
Tonic is E or E major scale
Mode Notes
Ionian Mode E F# G# A B C# D#
Dorian F# G# A B C# D# E
Phrygian G# A B C# D# E F#
Lydian A B C# D# E F# G#
Mixolydian B C# D# E F# G# A
Aeolian (minor) C# D# E F# G# A B
Locrian D# E F# G# A B C#
Tonic is F or F major scale
Mode Notes
Ionian Mode F G A Bb C D E
Dorian G A Bb C D E F
Phrygian A Bb C D E F G
Lydian Bb C D E F G A
Mixolydian C D E F G A Bb
Aeolian (minor) D E F G A Bb C
Locrian E F G A Bb C D
Tonic is G or G major scale
Mode Notes
Ionian Mode G A B C D E F#
Dorian A B C D E F# G
Phrygian B C D E F# G A
Lydian C D E F# G A B
Mixolydian D E F# G A B C
Aeolian (minor) E F# G A B C D
Locrian F# G A B C D E

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