F Sharp Locrian Mode Positions On The Guitar Fretboard

‘F Sharp Locrian’ is the 7th mode of the G major scale. The notes in F# Locrian are:

F# – G – A – B – C – D – E

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 F# locrian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

F# Major has the following notes:

F# – G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E#

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

F# – G – A – B – C – D – E

Derivative Approach:

F# is the 7th note of the G major scale:

G – A – B – C – D – E – F#

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

F# – G – A – B – C – D – E

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

F Sharp Locrian Mode Open Position Frets

F Sharp Locrian Mode Open Position Notes

Now let’s look at F# locrian in the 2nd position (lowest fret is 2)

F Sharp Locrian Mode 2nd Position Frets

F Sharp Locrian Mode 2nd Position Notes

Now let’s look at F# locrian in the 3rd position (lowest fret is 3)

F Sharp Locrian Mode 3rd Position Frets

F Sharp Locrian Mode 3rd Position Notes

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

F Sharp Locrian Mode 7th Position Frets

F Sharp Locrian Mode 7th Position Notes

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

F Sharp Locrian Mode 8th Position Frets

F Sharp Locrian Mode 8th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at F# locrian in the 11th position (lowest fret is 11)

F Sharp Locrian Mode 11th Position Frets

F Sharp Locrian Mode 11th Position Notes

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

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


 

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