Tonal Center / Modes

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The Tonal Center is, 'C' ( on the guitar Fret Board ), If I go down, 1 whole Step, I can access 'the Dorian Mode' ( as long as the Bass supports the chord tone foundation ), even though my fret board, 'note' is Bb... When I go 'Up' from 'C' to the minor 6th, I am in Aeolian, even though the Fret Board Note is Eb, ( as long as the Bass supports the Am Chord Tones... correct?

Tonal Center modes

Nov 21, 2016

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This is a visual of the above Question for, 'Finding Guitar Modes ___

Mode I II III IV V VI VII PMS Ionian 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - Dorian 1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7 Down M2 Phrygian 1 b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 Up m6 Lydian 1 2 3 #4 5 6 7 Up P5 Mixolydian 1 2 3 4 5 6 b7 Up P4 Aeolian 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 Up m3 Locrian 1 b2 b3 4 b5 b6 b7 Up m2

Nov 21, 2016
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I apologize for the inability to provide a 'picture' of the above information... "it all ran together, making it illegible". However:, If you can visualize the 'Guitar Fretboard, ...picture, the 'C Major @ the 5th string 3rd fret. Lowering ( towards the headstock ) One, 'whole tone, for the 'Dorian mode, you will see you are at the 'Note of Bb. Lowering another 'whole tone' for the 'Phrygian mode, you will see you are now on the 'Note' of 'Ab', 5th string / 2nd fret. Going back to the 'Tonal Center' of 'C', moving up one semitone, you will find the 'Locrian mode. Moving up another, 'whole tone', you will find the Aeolian mode / which is the fretboard note of Eb ! The static notes of the fretboard change, and become 'fluid', when you change the 'Tonal Center'. If your 'Tonal Center is 'A' ( instead of 'C' ), you play the 'A' Ionian Scale, as it is your new #1. The 'Aeolian mode, is now started from the 6th string, 8th fret ( 'A' is now C'). "It took me, months to figure this out from the Internet Guitar Instructors.. hoping my studies will make it quicker for Y'all. lol

Nov 21, 2016

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