dansm's guitar scale lessons
the ionian mode
the first note of the major scale
the ionian mode is the mode based on the first note of the major scale.
the g ionian scale looks like this (standard notation and one-string tab):




the scale box for the ionian mode looks like this:



to play this scale as the g ionian mode, play the box with the first note at the third fret. since this is the first mode of the major scale, this is also the major scale, played from root to root. if someone asks you to play the major scale, this is what you play.
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