This is a public version of the members-only Jazz Sax with Eric Marienthal, at ArtistWorks. Functionality is limited, but CLICK HERE for full access if you’re ready to take your playing to the next level.

These lessons are available only to members of Jazz Sax with Eric Marienthal.
Join Now

Basic Saxophone
Intermediate Saxophone
Advanced Saxophone
Exercise of the Week Archive
Lick of the Week Archive
30 Day Challenge
«Prev of Next»

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

Lesson Video Exchanges () submit video Submit a Video Lesson Study Materials () This lesson calls for a video submission
Study Materials Quizzes
information below Close
information below
Lesson Specific Downloads
Play Along Tracks
Backing Tracks +
Written Materials +

+Basic Saxophone

+Intermediate Saxophone

+Advanced Saxophone

+Exercise of the Week Archive

+Lick of the Week Archive

Additional Materials +
resource information below Close
Collaborations for
resource information below Close
Submit a video for   
Jazz Sax

This video lesson is available only to members of
Jazz Sax with Eric Marienthal.

Join Now

information below Close
Course Description

This page contains a transcription of a video lesson from Jazz Sax with Eric Marienthal. This is only a preview of what you get when you take Jazz Sax Lessons at ArtistWorks. The transcription is only one of the valuable tools we provide our online members. Sign up today for unlimited access to all lessons, plus submit videos to your teacher for personal feedback on your playing.

CLICK HERE for full access.
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.