Jazz Guitar School

JGS-05 Locrian Forms

The ‘Locrian’ mode may be considered a minor scale with the second and fifth scale degrees lowered a half step (1 fret). The Locrian mode may also be considered to be a scale beginning on the seventh scale degree of any Ionian, or major scale. Work that out on the guitar before you proceed. The Locrian mode has the formula 1, ♭2, ♭3, 4, ♭5, ♭6, ♭7. Its tonic chord is a diminished triad (Bdim in the Locrian mode of the diatonic scale corresponding to C major). The Locrian mode is the only mode in which the tonic triad is a diminished chord and considered dissonant. Try playing it on the piano and you will see what is meant by dissonant. Musicianship and practical application will be covered via the Jazz Guitar Vlog while backing tracks are provided by Real Book Jazz Tracks.

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By the end of the course, you will:

  • Play scales, arpeggios and chords in five positions
  • Identify Key Signatures and use appropriate scale choices
  • Negotiate standard notation, reading melodies and chord changes



Course Curriculum

Course Summary
JGS-05 Introduction
0 Hours 10 minutes00:10
Form 1
JGS-05 Form 1
0 Hours 30 minutes00:30
Form 2
JGS-05 Form 2
0 Hours 30 minutes00:30
Form 3
JGS-05 Form 3
0 Hours 30 minutes00:30
Form 4
JGS-05 Form 4
0 Hours 30 minutes00:30
Form 5
JGS-05 Form 5
0 Hours 30 minutes00:30
Final Quiz
JGS-05 Final Quiz
0 Hours 7 minutes00:07

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