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Practical Modes Ionian

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Welcome to the first course in our epic septology of modal courses where we'll be teaching you how to use each of the individual modes practically and creatively. We believe that you need to study each mode individually to get the absolute deepest understanding of the scale and how to use it. In this first course, we tackle the first mode: Ionian. We commonly refer to this mode as the major scale, and although most of us "know" the major scale, it is essential that we approach it within the context of it being an individual mode. Understanding this mode properly provides the foundation and grounding that we need to master every other mode of the major scale. When it comes to songwriting this mode is essential. We'll walk you through everything from ground up, constructing the mode and demonstrating exactly how to use it.

I'm so excited about this modal study and the series as it's hands down the most definitive and practical modal teaching on the web!

Dan Holton

Actually use the mode!

In this course, you'll learn to grasp the theory of the Ionian mode and, more importantly, how to apply it practically to any song or composition. Through a blend of informative discussions and teaching sessions, we cover everything comprehensively. The first two units focus on essential theory elements, including scale patterns, harmonization, and the Roman numeral system. With this knowledge, you'll have the tools to decipher songs by ear and jam Ionian lead lines effortlessly. From classic Motown to Britpop and modern pop, we explore the Ionian mode's diverse applications. By the course's end, you'll have a complete understanding of the Ionian mode, setting the stage for an understanding of the other six major scale modes. If you're curious about modes or seeking a definitive and practical modal education, you're in the perfect place.


25 HD videos

Full lesson notes

Backing tracks

Supporting diagrams

Interactive guitar tab

This course includes the following 5 units:

Unit 1

Ionian Theory

In this unit, we will be getting familiar with how this scale sounds and feels, and the important notes within this scale that give it its defining qualities.

Lesson 1Talking Modes

Lesson 2Constructing

Lesson 3Scale Shapes

Lesson 4Enter The Full Scale

Lesson 5Ionian Solo

Lesson 6Continued...

Unit 2


Now that we've covered the scale aspect of Ionian, let's take a look at how to create chords within the Ionian mode. This is the often forgotten step when we first start looking at modes, and honestly, should be the most important!

Lesson 1Diads

Lesson 2Barre Chords

Lesson 3Roman Numerals

Lesson 4Ionian Track

Lesson 5Reunited!

Unit 3

Motown Track

Now that we've had a deeper look into harmony, we are going to learn how to use this practically through the use of triads. In this unit, we will be learning our first Ionian piece in the style of Motown, a genre that uses Ionian melody and harmony.

Lesson 1The Chords

Lesson 2Triads

Lesson 3Section A

Lesson 4Section B

Unit 4

Brit Pop Track

The Ionian, due to its pleasant and satisfying nature, is incredibly versatile. In this unit, we will be exploring a completely different genre that heavily relies on this mode, in the form of Brit Pop.

Lesson 1Section A

Lesson 2Section B

Lesson 3Lead Section A

Lesson 4Lead Section B

Unit 5

Daft Pop

In our final unit, we will once again take our Ionian mode, but this time apply it to a cool, Daft Punk inspired pop track. This is a fantastic opportunity to take our harmonised scale to the next level, by adding in the 7th chord versions across the key.

Lesson 1Harmonising 7ths

Lesson 2Section A

Lesson 3Section B

Lesson 4Funky Picking

Lesson 5The Solo

Lesson 6Jamming

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