Major Modes (Guitar Lesson)


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David Wallimann

Major Modes

David Wallimann covers three major modes in this lesson. He covers the Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian modes.

Taught by David Wallimann in Theory and Improvisation with David Wallimann seriesLength: 8:53Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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jcarchjcarch replied on March 30th, 2014

Any chance of getting the chords used on the backing tracks? In the order they are played and the number of measures they are played. Thanks

monsterimonsteri replied on March 3rd, 2014

Your lessons have really helped me learning guitar theory! Before the lesson about intervals I was so lost. These lessons have sparked my theory interest again! Thank you Mr. Wallimann

rapserrapser replied on December 8th, 2013

Ionian has 8 positions like every other major scale what are they?

rckmsnrckmsn replied on April 28th, 2013

Ionian is simply a major scale,is this the same for the other modes

rckmsnrckmsn replied on April 27th, 2013

If the modes uses different step intervals why are these scale patterns identical to the major scale paterns

antl58antl58 replied on April 11th, 2013

Hello David great lessons, i have learned so much in a short time with your lessons my question to you is should i practice 1 scale along with backing track up and down the neck until I know it in all positions?? just try understanding it say in 5th position and moving on to another ? iam not really sure what the best approach is to really getting these under my fingers what do you suggest . thanks keep up great work.

vikingbluesvikingblues replied on July 2nd, 2011

I forgot to post a comment here as well as on the minor modes lesson. Your approach to the modes has worked wonders for me. I do not want to know the why or the technical detail - I just want to be able to play improv lead effectively using the major and minor modes and you've done this for me as if the lessons were tailor made. I have seen no other teaching in the times I have tried to get to grips with modes that made the connection to the pentatonics so clear. I can see the use for going on to more detailed lessons on the why for those that want it but I know that if you had included all this detail (as all other teaching I have seen on the modes do) that I'd yet again have failed to understand enough to play modes. SO - ONE BIG HUGE THANK YOU.

rcausrcaus replied on February 21st, 2011

Hi David, I love your lessons . A Ionian-Major (starts 5th fret which is an A) and D Dorian-Minor (starts from 7th fret which is a B) and so on. If we assume that I play within the 5 and 8 fret and starting with A on the 5th fret. Since, the difference between Ionian and Dorian is that the latter has a major 3rd and Major 7 whilst Dorian has minor 3rd and minor 7th. Can we play A Dorian (minor) by playing between 5th and 7th fret and replacing the two notes by minor 3rd and minor 7th. In conclusion, I would like to know whether it’s possible to play the A scale in all the 7 modes Ionian , Dorian , Phrygian and so on within 5th to 8 fret by simply knowing their notes. Similarly, if we start on C 8th fret whether we can play all the 7 modes. I don't know whether in practice it makes sense to do so. Regards rcaus

alanyolicocoalanyolicoco replied on September 10th, 2010

WAU...I HAVE TO CONGRAT YOU DAVIS....LOOK....IM FROM SPAIN AND LOCAL TEACHERS ARE SO SO BAD....NOW I REALIZE THEY CANT EXPALIN ME MODES BECAUSE THEY DONT KNOW WHAT MODES ARE...THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO MUCH MR WALLIMANN

headbanger245headbanger245 replied on May 22nd, 2010

after watching the minor modes lesson and this lesson, i realized that theres no locrian mode. are you gonna do that in another video?

David.WallimannDavid.Wallimann replied on June 9th, 2010

Yeah, Locrian mode will come soon! :-)

adrj2010adrj2010 replied on May 25th, 2010

hes probbly holding back on that cuz its diminshed

Theory and Improvisation with David Wallimann

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David Wallimann will cover all of the topics necessary master the art of improvisation. He will cover theory, including intervals, scales and modes as well as techniques to improve ones improvisation.



Lesson 1

Understanding Intervals

Before one can truly understand music theory the concept of intervals must be introduced. This lesson covers that topic in great depth.

Length: 27:40 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Minor Pentatonic Scale

David teaches the minor pentatonic scale. He explains its scale formula, various fretboard positions, and how it can be used.

Length: 20:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Major Pentatonic Scale

David Wallimann moves on to cover the the major pentatonic scale. He teaches its scale formula, all five patterns, and gives advice on how the scale can be used.

Length: 9:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

The Blues Scale

In this lesson, David covers both the minor and major blues scales. He explains the formulas and patterns for each scale. In addition, David has included a backing track for you to play along with.

Length: 9:08 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Minor Modes

David Wallimann introduces three minor modes. In this lesson he covers Dorian, Phrygian and Aeolian modes.

Length: 11:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Major Modes

David Wallimann covers three major modes in this lesson. He covers the Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian modes.

Length: 8:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

The Locrian Mode

David Wallimann introduces the Locrian mode. He explains its formula in terms of scale degrees as well as its five fretboard patterns. A few fun arpeggio-based ideas are also demonstrated.

Length: 20:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

The Magic Formula

David Wallimann teaches a magic formula that will allow you to play each of the modes up and down the entire fretboard. He also teaches some exercises to help cement this knowledge.

Length: 11:49 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Classifying Modes

David Wallimann talks about how modes can be classified and thus used in a musical context. This is a valuable wrap-up lesson to the mini-series on modes.

Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Creating Chord Progressions

David Wallimann explains how to write diatonic chord progressions. This lesson features excellent practical music theory.

Length: 12:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Easy Outside Tricks

David Wallimann teaches a valuable fusion guitar technique that he calls "Easy Outside Tricks."

Length: 8:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Playing Modal with Pentatonic Scales

David Wallimann demonstrates how minor pentatonic scales can be used when improvising over the minor modes.

Length: 22:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Playing Modal with Major Pentatonic Scales

David Wallimann shows how the major pentatonic scale can be used in modal playing.

Length: 11:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About David Wallimann View Full Biography David was born in Aix-en-Provence, South France in 1977. At the age of 15, he picked up the guitar and started developing a true love for instrumental music and composition.

In 1999 he was recognized by Ibanez for his promising musical achievements and received an artist endorsement. That early recognition in David's musical career encouraged him to consecrate more time on crafting his musical art and apply to the school of modern music Artist' in Cavaillon, France. He received a full scholarship there where he graduated with honors.

In 2001, David won first place for the Tal Farlow French national jazz contest which gave him a full paid scholarship to the CMA school of modern music in Valenciennes, France. He graduated specializing in advance guitar with honors.

Following his school years, David spent the next 5 years working with several bands recording, writing and playing shows in France and Belgium. It's during that time that Wallimann was exposed to the world of progressive rock which opened new doors to his musical creativity.

Deep inside the Mind is his first release as a solo artist in which he exposes his Christian faith. The album was well received in the specialized press and was compared several times to some of Frank Zappa's approach to music adding an element of humor to deep subjects.

In 2005 he joined the internationally renown progressive band Glass Hammer based in Chattanooga, TN. He released several studio albums and live DVDs with the band.

David is today working on his next upcoming solo release and is also spending quite a bit of time teaching guitar in his studio and online at JamPlay.

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