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Essential D Major Scale Patterns for `Ukulele

PUBLISHED: Feb 5, 2013 UPDATED: Jul 16, 2013 • VIEWS: 0 • LESSON CODE: UL04-D-ION

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: intermediateimprovisationscales

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Essential D Major Scale Patterns for `Ukulele

Essential D Major scale patterns for ukulele.

Learning scales typically starts with learning a position or pattern by shape. For a lot of players that‘s where it stops. With the many possible shapes between chords and scales to learn - there has to be a better way - There is!!!

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Scales as Collections of Notes

With the overwhelming possible number of chord and scale shapes, it helps if we can build our base by deriving information from already known information.

The Major Scale and the Seven Modes

The major scale is also called the Ionian scale and is one of the seven modes.

These Ionian scale fingerings are also usable for these other modes: Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian scale modes.

Scales can be known by several names and contain the same collection of notes. This allows you to reuse fingerings that you've already worked out.

  • Ionian (Major)
  • Dorian (Minor)
  • Phrygian
  • Lydian
  • Mixolydian (Dominant)
  • Aeolian (Natural Minor)
  • Locrian

Using the D Ionian/Major scale mode as an example. Here are the names of the scales and modes that are ALL part of D Ionian/Major collection. Shown with their modal name and traditional name.

  • D Ionian (Major)
  • E Dorian (Minor)
  • F# Phrygian
  • G Lydian
  • A Mixolydian (Dominant)
  • B Aeolian (Natural Minor)
  • C# Locrian

See the lesson What is the different between a Scale and a Mode? for more information on jsut what is a scale or mode.

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