Watch the Ionian online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Modes That Matter

Ionian is the modal name for the venerable major scale--a melodic and harmonic bearing device that has been the backbone of Western music for over five hundred years! The resultant organized group of notes breeds a simple, yet timeless sound that has created an innumerable amount of music. What ties each and every melody and/or chord progression composed in major is the overall good vibes. If that wasn’t enough, the major scale is also the parent scale to six other scales known as the church modes--many of which will be explored throughout this course.

The following three segments will find the major scale thriving within a laid-back country rock vibe in C, a straight ahead jazz feel in G and a completely rockin’ three-chord progression in F. The upcoming lesson set will set the stage for what’s to come here in 13 Scales and Modes That Matter so be sure to listen up.