Modes for Lead Guitar

System of a Down Style Locrian Riff

August 2, 2011 No Comments

The Locrian mode can really help give your song a chaotic, heavy sound, making it a good choice for a metal band like System of a Down.

Smashing Pumpkins Style Ionian Riff

August 2, 2011 No Comments

There’s no limit to what you can do with the Ionian mode, so today’s lesson in the style of The Smashing Pumpkins is only the beginning!

Rush Style Lydian Riff

August 2, 2011 1 Comment

The Lydian mode is a favorite among progressive rockers because of its futuristic, advanced sound. We’ll show you how a band like Rush might use this scale.

Richie Sambora Style Aeolian Riff

August 2, 2011 No Comments

Today we’ll be looking at riff in the style of Bon Jovi axeman Richie Sambora to get some practice with the Aeolian scale.

The Phrygian Scale

August 2, 2011 No Comments

We’ve got another scale up today, this time it’s the Phygian mode. This scale is used in classical Spanish, metal, and more. So let’s get started!

Modes For The Lead Guitarist

August 2, 2011 No Comments

Up until now we’ve been looking at modes from a chord perspective. In this section, however, we’re going to change gears and study modes from a lead guitar point of view.

The Mixolydian Scale

August 2, 2011 No Comments

The Mixolydian scale is a great tool for soloing in classic rock, blues, jazz, southern rock, and pop styles. It’s extremely versatile and a must know for guitar players.

The Lydian Scale

August 1, 2011 1 Comment

Next up we’ve got the Lydian scale, often called the dreamy scale for its air like quality. However, it’s also very common in jazz and progressive rock!

The Locrian Scale

August 1, 2011 No Comments

Today we’ve got one of the weirdest sounding scales out there – the Locrian mode. It’s the last mode of the major scale and will let you get some out there sounds!

James Brown Style Riff Using the Dorian Mode

July 28, 2011 1 Comment

The Dorian mode can be super funky, and we’ll show you how with this James Brown style riff.

The Ionian Mode

July 28, 2011 No Comments

The first mode we’ve got is the Ionian scale. While the actual scale won’t be anything new, the pattern will be!

The Dorian Scale

July 27, 2011 2 Comments

We’ve got one of the most popular and grooviest modes up next – the dorian scale.

Children of Bodom Style Phrygian Riff

July 27, 2011 No Comments

The phrygian mode is a favorite among heavy metal players, and today we’ll be looking at a Children of Bodom style riff to illustrate how heavy this mode can get.

Brian Setzer Style Mixolydian Riff

July 27, 2011 1 Comment

Brian Setzer is a master of swing, rockabilly, and jazz guitar playing. Secret to many of these style is the mixolydian mode, and we’ll show you how to use it.

Aeolian Scale – Dark and Heavy

July 26, 2011 1 Comment

Believe it or not, but this is a mode you already know! Take this lesson and find out why!