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Chapter 1: THE MINOR PENTATONIC MODES

 

In this first chapter of The Auer Method you will learn the 5 modes

of the minor pentatonic scale. 

You should learn and master each mode one at a time before moving onto the next. 

 Mode 1                          

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MODE2.png
MODE3.png
MODE4.png
MODE5.png

 Mode 2                          

 Mode 3                          

 Mode 4                         

 Mode 5                         

Note: Mode 2 starts with a flat 3rd note  b3  which is the 2nd note of Mode 1 and that the

entire upper half of Mode 2 is the same as the lower half of Mode 1.

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MODE2.png

Mode 1

Mode 2

This is how the modes connect from octave to octave.

Notice this connection with all the modes.

Start on the   R   to hear the tonic of each mode.

In the key of G Minor

Mode 1

Mode 1

starts on the 

3rd fret

Mode 2

Mode 2

starts on the 

6th fret

Mode 3

Mode 3

starts on the 

8th fret

MODE 3 SIDEWAYS.png

Mode 4

Mode 4

starts on the 

10th fret

MODE 4 SIDEWAYS.png

Mode 5

Mode 5

starts on the 

13th fret

Mode 1 - one octave higher 

Then Mode 1

repeats on the octave 

of G which is the

15th fret

MODE 1 ONE OCTAVE HIGHER.png

This should help clear up any confusion on how the modes

connect up the neck from octave to octave

G Minor Pentatonic

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 Brian E. Auer
A Method of Practice

The main thing you need to do is take it one mode at a time

  • Play Mode 1 starting on the 3rd fret over the 12 bar backing track in G minor till you master that position on the fret board. 

  • Start Mode 2, on the 6th fret over the same progression till you master that position on the neck. 

  • Continue this same process for all the modes.

  • Mode 3 starts on fret 8 of the E string. Mode 4 starts on fret 10 of the E string and Mode 5 starts on fret 13 of the E string. 

 

Once you have finished, you should have noticed that you were playing all the same notes

just starting in different positions of the neck. Because of the tuning of the guitar

these notes appear in different fingerings.​

I often get asked how to practice modes >