Would you like to learn more about the locrian mode? This video will help.
In today’s tutorial I break down the theory, construction, and improvise tips to help you add the locrian scale into your bag of tricks.
The first thing to keep in mind when learning this mode is that it’s the 7th mode of the major scale.
This is usually where people start when learning more about modes.
But, often times people will do a weird shortcut in their brain where if they’re playing B locrian mode they often times just think C major scale.
The problem that comes in with this method of thought is you end up playing lines that don’t really sound great over half diminished chords.
It’s best to think of locrian as it’s own entity in itself.
In terms of music theory, I like to use this scale over half diminished chords and even dominant chords from time to time. The dominant chord technique is a bit more advanced though.
We cover that in all my improvisation courses.
Here’s another scale theory way of looking at the locrian scale 1 – b2 – b3 – 4 – b5 – b6 – b7
1. How To Figure Out The Locrian Mode In All Keys Fast
The first trick to figuring out the Locrian Mode uses this scale formula:
1 – b2 – b3 – 4 – b5 – b6 – b7
The second trick still makes use of the major scale as your guide.
The key is that the Locrian mode is the 7th mode of the major scale.
In the key of C, starting the same major scale on B gives you B Locrian.
Now, what if you want to play in F# Locrian? Think about which major scale has F# as the 7th degree.
The answer is G. Just focus on F# when playing G major to play F# Locrian.