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Major Scales And Modes Version 3

Major Scales And Modes Software

Major Scales And ModesThis is another update to theMajor Scales And Modes For Guitar Software. This one is Version 3. It’s been completely rewritten and is more compact with a much friendlier user interface. It now also lists the chords that can be played over each key and mode. Although this is an update, you can still keep the earlier version if you like the look of that one too.

As with the previous version, I’m not going into any music theory. There’s no mention of intervals or scale degrees. This software program shows all the notes played on the guitar for all modes of the major scale.

The diagram below shows the first screen when the program has loaded. The top left corner shows the key we are in, in this case C Major. Underneath, it shows the mode C Ionian. Below this is the chords that can be played over this key and mode. For the C Ionian, the chords are C major, C major 7, C major 9, C major 11, and C major 13.

The two columns below the chords are the buttons to select the key and the mode. You select the key Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, or G with the key buttons. You use the mode buttons to select Ionian mode, Dorian mode, Phrygian mode, Lydian mode, Mixolydian mode, Aeolian mode, or Locrian mode for the key you have chosen.

Right at the bottom is the quit button that exits the program.

The right hand side of the screen shows three diagrams. The top one shows all the notes for the key / mode selected up to the twenty fourth fret with the root note highlighted in red. Below that is a diagram showing a three note per string pattern with the root note on the sixth string. The last diagram at the bottom shows a three note per string pattern with the root note on the fifth string.

Major Scales And Modes

In the diagram below, I’ve clicked on the A button. Note that when you select a different key, it always starts in the Ionian mode. You can see that the notes of the A major scale are A, B, C#, D, E, F#, and G#. The chords that can be played over the A Ionian mode are A major, A major 7, A major 9, A major 11, and A major 13. There’s nothing surprising there.

A Major Scale

In the diagram below, I’ve selected the D Lydian mode of the major A scale. You still get the three diagrams showing all the notes and the three note per string patterns with the root notes on the fifth and sixth strings. This time the chords are D major, D major 7, D major 9, D major 9(#11), and D major 13(#11). As you explore the different keys and modes, you will come across some strange sounding chords but the easiest ones are always listed first.

D Lydian

Right Click the link below and select Save As to download Major Scales And Modes For Guitar to your computer. Unzip and run the file and follow the instructions to install it.

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I have to thank Scott Collins for his input to the software. We seem to think along the same lines and he preferred the screen layout of this one to the previous version. “It makes it easier for the user to see everything.”

He also suggested adding the chords. “Also, are you adding in associated chord voicings for the modes?  It might help people to have triad or 7th chords to play the chords over.  I hate to offer suggestions to add extra work, but as a teacher I get questions all the time like, “So I have this Phrygian thing.  What do I do with it?”  So having some guide posts might help as well. “

“Are you thinking about incorporating Melodic or Harmonic minor in or releasing them individually?”

and

“You may want to add a 1-string scale if you add anything graphically.  The big graphics can be useful – but beginning players might find it overwhelming.  Having a 1 string option gives them something they can manage.”

I’m hoping to add the minor scales and single string patterns to later updates.

Just in case you don’t know who Scott Collins is, he is an extremely talented guitarist and prolific writer of guitar articles. My software will show you the notes that make up the scales but Scott will show you how to use them.

A car mechanic doesn’t learn how repair engines by looking at pictures of the parts. He has to know what each part does and how it works. The same goes for guitar scales. Learning a scale is of no use to you unless you know how to use it.

Scott has his own website at Guitarchitecture. Check out his articles and lessons. Definitely make sure you check out his PDF Ebooks. He has these ebooks priced ridiculously low. The ebook bundles are great value for money. If you prefer real books that you can hold, he has those too.

Scott also writes regularly for Guitar-Muse and recently did an interview with Steve Vai here:

Interview With Steve Vai – The Story Of Light

I’m hoping that Scott can write me a few lines here in the future about guitar playing and scales, all subject to his hectic workload.


There are some bugs in the program. Firstly, when you first load the software, you might see the buttons down the left hand side of the screen first and then have to wait for a few seconds before the text and images load. Once loaded, the program is quite responsive and the screen updates fairly quickly when a button is pressed.

Secondly, the menu items at the top. The only item under file that works is the Quit item and works the same as pressing the quit button at the bottom of the screen. Under the Edit menu, the About item works but has no useful purpose. The Register item will show a register screen but does nothing.

I plan to completely rewrite the program again to show the melodic and harmonic minor scales as well as the major scales. I might also add single string scale patterns.

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Major Scales And Modes Version 2

Major Scales And Modes Software For Guitar

UPDATE

There’s an updated version of this software here:

Major Scales And Modes For Guitar

Apart from being completely rewritten, the new version now shows the chords that can be played over each mode in each key.

Major Scales And Modes SoftwareI’m not going to explain any music theory here about the major scales and modes. If you need some theory, you can get that from Major Scales And Modes. I explained there the notes that make up the major scales and how the different modes work.

This software is an updated version to the one on that page. The previous version just showed all the notes on the fretboard for the major scales and the modes in every key. What that software didn’t show was any scale patterns, it was left to you to work them out for yourself.

This version splits the diagrams horizontally with the original diagram showing all the notes on the fretboard for that key and mode at the top. The lower two diagrams show two three note per string patterns for that mode. One has the root note on the sixth string, the other one has the root note on the fifth string.

You can see from the diagram below that the opening screen for this version is pretty much identical to the previous one. In fact, the only difference is for the F#/Gb major scale. Here, I’ve shown the notes as F# G# A# B C# D# E# instead of Gb Ab Bb Cb Db Eb F.  While both are correct, F# is more common than Gb. Note that E# is the same as F and Cb the same as B.

Major Scales And Modes Software

The diagram below shows that I’ve double clicked and opened up the F major scale as before. Same as before, it shows all the notes of the F Ionian mode with the root note F highlighted in red. This time though, the lower left diagram shows a three note per string F Ionian pattern with the root note on the sixth string, and the lower right with the root note on the fifth string.

Major Scales And Modes Software

Along the top of the screen you can see the tabs for Ionian mode, Dorian mode, Phrygian mode, Lydian mode, Mixolydian mode, Aeolian mode, and Locrian mode. The diagram below shows that I’ve clicked on the Bb Lydian mode.

Major Scales And Modes Software

This is a Microsoft Windows software program and requires at least Windows 2000 to work, ie Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7. Right Click the link below and select Save As to download Major Scales And Modes For Guitar to your computer. Unzip and run the file and follow the instructions to install it. If you’re upgrading from the previous version, it will uninstall the old version before it installs the new one.

Download Major Scales And Modes Software

If you’re upgrading from the earlier version and the lower images are missing as shown below;

Major Scales And Modes

Here is the fix:

Download this file – majorscales.bkp

Open up the program, click Tools, and then Restore, as shown in the diagram below.

Follow the instructions to restore the majorscales.bkp file you just downloaded and the images should appear.

Major Scales And Modes Software

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Major Scales And Modes

What Is The Major Scale On The Guitar

UPDATE

There’s an updated version of this software here:

Major Scales And Modes For Guitar

The new version now shows two three note per string patterns for each scale and mode. One pattern has the root note on the sixth string, the other one has the root note on the fifth string.

Major Scales And Modes SoftwareI’m going to try and keep this simple and the music theory to a minimum. These are the twelve notes on the guitar over two octaves:

A A#/Bb B C C#/Db D D#/Eb E F F#/Gb G G#/Ab A A#/Bb B C C#/Db D D#/Eb E F F#/Gb G G#/Ab

The sequence of notes for a major scale is:

whole whole half whole whole whole half

Where whole is a whole tone, or two frets, or two notes, eg from C to D.

Half is a half tone, or one fret, or one note, eg from C to C#/Db.

Using this formula, the notes of the C Major scale are:

C D E F G A B C

The notes of the G Major scale are:

G A B C D E F# G

What Are The Modes Of The Major Scale

Very simply, the different modes of a major scale are the same but starting on a different note of that scale. Following are the modes of the C Major scale:

C Ionian Mode

C D E F G A B C

D Dorian Mode

D E F G A B C D

E Phrygian Mode

E F G A B C D E

F Lydian Mode

F G A B C D E F

G Mixolydian Mode

G A B C D E F G

A Aeolian Mode

A B C D E F G A

B Locrian Mode

B C D E F G A B

We’ll now do the same wth the G Major scale to reinforce this:

G Ionian Mode

G A B C D E F# G

A Dorian Mode

A B C D E F# G A

B Phrygian Mode

B C D E F# G A B

C Lydian Mode

C D E F# G A B C

D Mixolydian Mode

D E F# G A B C D

E Aeolian Mode

E F# G A B C D E

F# Locrian Mode

F# G A B C D E F#

Major Scales And Modes Software For Guitar

This software is similar to my other Guitar Scales Software except it shows the major scales and modes instead of the major and minor pentatonic and blues scales. The diagram below shows the opening screen.

Major Scales And Modes Software

This alone shows quite a few things. Firstly, you can pick a key in the first column and instantly see the notes of the major scale in that key.

E.g., the notes of the A Major scale are A B C# D E F# and G#.

Secondly, the can instantly see the starting note for any mode in any key.

E.g., B Major scale Lydian mode starts with E so the notes are E F# G# A# B C# and D#.

You can pick any mode and find the notes in that mode.

E.g., A Lydian. Go across the top to Lydian and then go down to A. We can see that this mode is in the key of E and the notes are A B C# D# E F# and G#.

Finally, you can find what scale you can play a chord over. A little theory here, a major chord uses the first, third, and fifth notes of its major scale. The C Major chord would then use the notes C E and G. If you look along each row you can see that the C chord can be used in the key of F (C Mixolydian) and G (C Lydian), apart from the obvious C Major scale.

Double click on the scale you want to look at. The diagram below shows that I’ve opened up the F Major scale.

Major Scales And Modes Software

You will find the root note F is highlighted in red. Along the top of the screen are the tabs for the seven modes. Below I’ve selected Lydian. The notes are the same but this time Bb is highlighted in red as the root note.

Major Scales And Modes Software

Unlike the previous Guitar Scales Software, I’ve not shown any boxes or patterns. This is because, with seven notes in the scale, there are a number of possible patterns. You can try out different combinations and see what works best for you. Below are two possible combinations of the F Major scale over two octaves.

F Major Scale

F Major Scale

This is a Microsoft Windows software program and requires at least Windows 2000 to work, ie Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7. Right Click the link below and select Save As to download Major Scales And Modes For Guitar to your computer. Unzip and run the file and follow the instructions to install it.

 

Download Major Scales And Modes Software