Beginning Soloing: Ionian

• Major Scale (Bright, Happy)
• Hum It, Then Play It

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• Backing tracks in 4 different modes
• TAB/Score of licks and concepts presented


• "Ionian Mode" is just another name for the Major Scale. It has a major I chord and major IV chord, which gives it a "bright/happy" sound.

• The backing track used in this video is a I - vi - IV - V progression in E (E - C#m - A - B). (Instead of a simple B, I played a B11 and Bsus7, but the function is the same.)

• We'll start super easy; by humming just one note!

• Try making your own variations of these licks and lines.

• Try playing the lick up or down an octave.

• Try harmonizing melodic lines in 3rds or 6ths.

• Try playing it on different parts of the neck.