THE IONIAN MODE

Ionian

The Ionian mode is the “modal equivalent” of the major scale: its intervals are the same but the notes of the scale are treated differently. In particular it changes the relation between melody and harmony; if tonality has its meaning in the use of cadences and harmonic functions, we can say that in modality the melody is treated more freely.

Scale construction

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Scale

Fingerings

Here you can find the fingerings of the scale, limited to one and two octaves. Black dots are the notes of the triad on the first degree (1, 3 and 5 scale degrees), while white dots are the other notes of the scale. The arrows show the possibility to play some notes on a different string.

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Fingerings

Harmonization (triads)

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Triads

Harmonization (seventh chords)

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Seventh chords

Harmonization (quartal)

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Quartal

 

Ionian Riff

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