E Flat Locrian Mode Positions On The Guitar Fretboard

E FLAT LOCRIAN MODE

‘E Flat Locrian’ is the 7th mode of the F flat major scale. The notes in Eb Locrian are:

Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bbb – Cb – Db

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 Eb locrian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

Eb Major has the following notes:

Eb – F – G – Ab – Bb – C – D

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

Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bbb – Cb – Db

Derivative Approach:

Eb is the 7th note of the Fb major scale:

Fb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bbb – Cb – Db

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

Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bbb – Cb – Db

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

Eb Locrian Mode Open Position Frets

Eb Locrian Mode Open Position Notes

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

Eb Locrian Mode 4th Position Frets

Eb Locrian Mode 4th Position Notes

Now let’s look at Eb locrian in the 5th position (lowest fret is 5)

Eb Locrian Mode 5th Position Frets
Eb Locrian Mode 5th Position Notes

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

Eb Locrian Mode 8th Position Frets

Eb Locrian Mode 8th Position Notes

Now let’s look at Eb locrian in the 11th position (lowest fret is 11)

Eb Locrian Mode 11th Position Frets

Eb Locrian Mode 11th Position Notes

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

Eb Locrian Mode 12th Position Frets

Eb Locrian Mode 12th Position Notes

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

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


 

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