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Diatonic modes

Diatonic scale is a seven note octave-repeating scale. Octave comprises of five whole steps and two half steps. The two half steps are separated from each other by two or three whole steps

Download diatonic modes classical shapes tabulature for Guitar Pro 5 and Tux Guitar

Download diatonic modes three notes per string tabulature for Guitar Pro 5 and Tux Guitar

Below are fingering diagrams for diatonic scales.

Ionian

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horizontal lines - strings, bottom line - low E string
vertical lines - frets

Figure 1 is an illustration of diatonic modes on guitar fingerboard. Ionian mode is in the key of G and consists of following notes: G, A, B, C, D, E, F#. Other modes are derived from ionian mode and consist of the same exact notes. What matters is which note is the first, most important one.

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Fig. 1 Diatonic modes on guitar fingerboard from G major

G A B C D E F# - ionian mode (major scale)
A B C D E F# G - dorian mode
B C D E F# G A - phrygian mode
C D E F# G A B - lydian mode
D E F# G A B C - mixolydian mode
E F# G A B C D - aeolian mode (minor scale)
F# G A B C D E - locrian mode

Figure 2 is another illustration of diatonic modes on guitar fingerboard. Ionian mode is in the key of C and consists of following notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, B. Other modes are derived from ionian mode and consist of the same exact notes. What matters is which note is the first, most important one.

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Fig. 2 Diatonic modes on guitar fingerboard from C major

C D E F G A B - ionian mode (major scale)
D E F G A B C - dorian mode
E F G A B C D - phrygian mode
F G A B C D E - lydian mode
G A B C D E F - mixolydian mode
A B C D E F G - aeolian mode (minor scale)
B C D E F G A - locrian mode

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