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Jazz Sax Lessons: Soloing Straight Ahead: Using the Ionian Mode

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[MUSIC]
Here's an isolated
track just to work on our Ionian mode.
The Ionian mode, actually,
as you all know from watching my
lessons on modes, is the first mode.
So, first motive you
know your major scale,
boom you already know your Ionian mode.
[LAUGH] So for this one,
I enlisted the help
of my good buddy Mister Chuck Lobe playing
guitar on this, it's in the concert F,
so for us alto players it's D major,
D major seven, and if you're playing
tenor, you're playing a B flat instrument,
tenor, soprano,
you're playing in the key of G major.
So, this is just a chance just to
explore our first mode, the Ionian mode.
And a lot times, we think of chords as
just being arpeggios, but the beauty of
a mode is that, you're thinking in
more in terms of an entire scale, and
it's not so much a matter of thinking
about the arpeggio structure.
It's important.
No matter what kind of chord
you're playing over In my opinion,
making sure you're
thinking about the chord,
the Arpeggio notes, the root,
third, fifth, and the seventh.
Those are our target notes.
But in this case we're thinking
about the scale completely.
So, here's our track, it's just Chuck
playing guitar in concert F major.
And I'm going to play the track, and
you have the track right there, so
you've got Chuck right there with you.
It lasts for about a minute and
half so experiment with it.
I'm going to give you some examples,
going to start off really
just kind of playing simply and
maybe play a little bit more as I play.
I'm going to start by
playing more arpeggio things,
more the different seventh and exploiting
those as my melody target notes.
Then I'm going to move a little bit more,
and then even use some chromaticism too.
But the main thing is to stick
with that first Ionian mode.
So here we go.
This is the Ionian mode.
A one, two, a one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
All
right,
thank
you
Chuck.
[MUSIC]