Identify Modes - Fretboard
Let's take a look at some guitar fretboard fingerings for the modes. All fingerings are based on the first, Ionian mode (major scale). For example, if a mode has a b6, the sixth note of the mode is one fret below the sixth note of the major scale. If a mode has a #4, the fourth note of the mode is one fret above the fourth note of the major scale.
All diagrams below are all based on the root of C.
Notice on our staff that we have no sharps or flats. This reflects the key of C Major. This first mode in C Major is C Ionian.
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