Intervals and Scale Degrees

Today I’m taking a break from the modes series and writing a post on intervals and scale degrees. Although intervals are kind of ‘boring’ as far as theory goes (not ‘cool’ like modes or fancy jazz harmony) they do form the basis of everything in Western music. They are some of the fundamental stepping stones to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the music we play and love (I’ll get back to fun modes stuff next week ;) ).
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Modes Explained 5: Parallel Modes

Ok, one last post on modal theory… then we can start getting in to the practical stuff.
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Modes Explained 4: Mode Construction

Lets explore the interval structure of the modes.
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Modes Explained 3: CAGED Modes

In the last modes post I introduced all of the modes of the major scale, and included the fretboard diagrams of each of the CAGED positions of each of the modes. Today we’re going to look closer at how the CAGED system and the modes work together.
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Modes Explained 2: Meet the Modes

This post introduces the modes of the major scale which are the Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian modes. It also introduces important terms such as ‘parent scale’, ‘relatives’ and ‘scale degrees’.
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How to Practice (And Is It True That "Practice Makes Perfect"?)

We’ve all heard that ‘practice makes perfect’, but is that the whole story? There are times when hours of extra practice can yield almost no results.
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Installing A Tremolo (and Replacing the TremKing)

I finally had enough with the TremKing so out it came.
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UNCAGED (the CAGED System Part 7)

Hopefully by now you understand how the CAGED system helps to navigate, and link up the fretboard. Maybe you’ve even explored the chord & scale diagrams category to learn other patterns from the CAGED system.

But now its time to explore its short-comings, and wrap up this series (finally… phew!).
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Modes Explained 1: An Introduction

Over the next few months we’ll be exploring the theory and usage of the most common scales guitarists use. Specifically we’ll be exploring the seven modes, which include the simple major and minor scales, and we’ll also be looking at the major and minor pentatonic scales as well as the blues scale. After we’ve covered the ‘basics’ we’ll look at the harmonic minor and the melodic minor scales, which are the most common variations on the natural minor scale; and finally look at a few modes of those minor scales. Hopefully, this series will end up as the most thorough and detailed explanation of scales for guitarists anywhere on the web! :fingers crossed:

Today though, we’ll start simple, and find out just what a scale is :) .
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Chord Diagrams: Triads with Added Notes

Today I’ve put together another set of chord diagrams in pdf format. Enjoy!
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