B LOCRIAN MODE

‘B Locrian’ is the 7th mode of the C major scale. The notes in B Locrian are:

B – C – D – E – F – G – A

If you have read the post on understanding the locrian mode, you will know that the locrian mode contains a ‘flat 2’, a ‘flat 3’ a ‘flat 5’ a ‘flat 6’ and a ‘flat 7’ (parallel approach). You will also know that it is the 7th mode of the major scale (derivative approach). The locrian mode is a very ‘dark’ sounding mode and is probably the hardest of the 7 modes to get acquainted with. Let’s briefly look at how to construct B locrian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

B major has the following notes:

B – C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A#

If we ‘lower’ the 2nd note (C#), 3rd note (D#), 5th note (F#), 6th note (G#) and 7th note (A#), we get the following:

B – C – D – E – F – G – A

Derivative Approach:

B is the 7th note of the C major scale:

C – D – E – F – G – A – B

If we play the C major scale and start on the 7th note we get the following:

B – C – D – E – F – G – A

Let’s look at the B locrian mode in the different positions on the guitar fretboard:

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

Now let’s look at B locrian in the 1st position (lowest fret is 1)

Now let’s look at B locrian in the 4th position (lowest fret is 4)

Now let’s look at B locrian in the 7th position (lowest fret is 7)

Now let’s look at B locrian in the 8th position (lowest fret is 8)

Finally, let’s look at B locrian in the 12th position (lowest fret is 12)

That covers the 5 basic positions and the open position of B locrian along the guitar fretboard.

For an in depth explanation of the locrian mode, check out locrian mode explained.